Chic Fall 2007 Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati Black Shaped Tuxedo Mini Dress
For this collection Stefano put the volume on top so that your legs would be on full display. Vogue noted that he focused on 'elegant shapes that stood away from the body. His jackets, starting with a gray, mannish blazer, captured the idea of "oversized," but tailored it to form a bell-like volume in front—an idea that ended in a couple of sublime tuxedo jackets for evening (put on one of those, add a pair of black opaques, and you can forget the skirt)'. The twin of this dress walked the runway as Look 34 in the show and I think it was one of the strongest and best looks of the collection. It is chic and simple but has high impact. I love the nod to the the iconic YSL tuxedo suit and it was a clever way to give pay homage to the archives but in a way that still felt very Stefano.
If you are looking for a dress that is chic and sexy this is it. I love that we have video reference of the dress on the runway so you can see how fabulously it is on the body. It is made from a structured black wool and silk mix that perfectly holds the highly tailored shape. The collar is cut wide and on a curve to give a nod to a men's tuxedo. It is made from a classic black matte silk for that formal feel. It is set so that it elegantly curves down the body and it overlaps slightly where is meets at the base. A double row of buttons covered in that same matte silk closes the front and this also continues the homage theme to the classic tux. The waist is shaped through vertical seaming and then the hips curve out with a touch of an exaggerated shape that I love. The sleeves have that curving cut of a properly tailored sleeve and each ends with a single perfect button at the cuff. The skirt is short and if you did not want to wear it as a mini it could absolutely play double duty as a longer jacket if layered over pants or a skirt. Which makes it that much more wearable and versatile as a part of your wardrobe. No matter how good it looks in the photos it is even better in person when you see the high level of tailoring put into this piece. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silk and buttons to close at the front. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Tagged a FR36
Bust: to 16-16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 31.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2007 Yves Saint Laurent Runway, Look 34. Model Ines Crnokrak.
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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