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Documented Spring 1977 Yves Saint Laurent Iconic Laced Corset Top & Matching Printed Skirt
Perhaps one of the most iconic of all the Yves Saint Laurent pieces, the laced safari corset top is a piece coveted by anyone who loves vintage or is a collector. When Yves introduced them to the world in the Spring of 1977 they caused a sensation. They are as important now as they were then if not more so. This particular one is extra special for two reasons. The first reason being that we found a reference of this exact colour as it walked the runway that season and the second that it comes with its matching skirt. The skirt is a different one then the one the corset's twin was shown with on the runway because once these pieces hit the shops they were sold on a mix and match basis. I love the pattern with the solid top. I think it gives it more pop then the solid coloured skirt did. The corset tops were produced in a small range of specific colours and I love that I have found one in the exact colour match to the runway piece.
The top is edged in a white and brown braiding with a chevron design that offers a wonderful contrast. It is made out of a canvas weight cotton that gives it its shape and a little extra structure. To wear it you just slip it on and then it laces into place at the front as shown. The top is rounded at the corners and the waist is seamed for even more shape. The peplum effect at the hip adds to the bombshell effect and curves the corset created. I love that you can lace it in tightly so that it is completely closed or leave it looser for a bit of skin to peek through down the front. The skirt is a classic shape from this time period in YSL's history. It is banded at the waist and then has lots of volume underneath that. Pockets sit at each side of the hip and I love the big oversized paisley print that pics up the colour of the corset top and also has bold pops of blue and red worked through the print. It is gorgeous and seriously chic. Bonus points for being able to mix and match both pieces with other things in your wardrobe. Excellent condition.
Both pieces are unlined. The top laces to close at the front and the skirt closes with a side set zipper and a flat hook & eye at the waist. The skirt is labeled the top is not.
Note that the top is measured with the front edges lined up and completely closed. You will get more room by creating/leaving a space between the edges when lacing it closed.
Corset top - fully laced up to the edges meet
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22" from top of the shoulder to the hem
Wast: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 31" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: S/S 1977 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Collection.
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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