yves saint laurent

c1982 Haute Couture Yves Saint Laurent Silk Dress

The dress is amazing and a classic Yves Saint Laurent cut and silhouette from this time period. It is entirely done by hand and the silk is of the highest possible grade. It feels stupendous on. The top is loose fitting and the short cut sleeves are slightly voluminous above their cuffs. With each shoulder set with his gathered tops and nod to the forties. Indeed the entire dress is in homage to the 1940s. The skirt is a masterpiece of pleat work and an example of how finely done a pleat can be - each starts below the more fitted hip and are set very deep and uses an excessive amount of fabric, a double layer for most - only in couture would this be as the cost would be prohibitive in RTW to so this. In addition, each pleat keeps the graphic check pattern lined up perfectly with the ones beside it when the pleat closes. This attention to the print is carried out with every seam. I love the long attached tie that extends from the neat little collar and ties around the neck. It also has its original patent belt that slips through patent loops on either side of the waist to cinch it in and create shape and curves that contrast the linear print. It is truly a brilliant dress and when you see it in person you will be astounded at the level of craftsmanship and care put into the construction. A masterpiece. In excellent, museum quality condition.

Haute Couture is the very pinnacle of the fashion experience and I would hazard to say that vintage versions are even a little more special then modern ones. Haute Couture is the very pinnacle of the fashion experience and I would hazard to say that vintage versions are even a little more special then modern ones. This dress also comes direct from the daughter of the original Haute Couture client so has not been on the market prior to this. All of her dresses were bought in this general time period so the date on this may not be exact but it is certainly within a season or two of this date.

Unlined with all interior seams hand finished. It closes down the front with hidden set buttons and a low handset side painted metal zip below the waist seam. Small padding in each shoulder. Each cuffs button with two buttons. Finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely done by hand. Haute Couture number 51353

Sleeves: 13.5"
Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 17" from neck to waist
Skirt: 23" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2368

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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