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Documented Spring 1986 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Black Jersey Plunge Dress

This fabulous dress is the twin of the dress that walked the Spring 1986 Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche runway. I was so pleased to find some shots of it on because it really shows you just how much it comes to life when worn. On the runway Yves put a short curved cropped bolero over it for part of the walk. An interesting thing to note about this dress is that it is a version of the 1973 plunge dress that I have shared on my Instagram in the past. This one has different detailing at the waist and a fuller skirt. I always find it interesting to see how Yves revisited ideas throughout his career. I love having such a well documented piece in the shop and it doesn't hurt that it is drop dead gorgeous.

This is a dress that is insanely sexy and bare feeling and yet the black colour and minimal lines keep it feeling fresh. The dress is made out of a black silk jersey that has amazing drape and feels easy-to-wear once on the body. The bodice has a halter style front that plunges right to the waist. The sides are also left open and bare to the waist and then there is a last final deep plunge at the back that leaves most of the back bare. Despite its bareness it is cleverly cut so that when you have it on it stays perfectly in place. The waist has a wide band of the same fabric that has been gathered in two horizontal stacked on top of each other. This  banded detailing sits just under the base of the plunge. Under that the skirt flows to the floor in a sweep of silk jersey. There is a tremendous amount of fabric in the skirt and this gives the skirt beautiful movement when you move. It is stunning and a dress you can wear in many different ways, on its own, with things layered over it, or under. Excellent condition with a minor note below

 The dress unlined through the bust and skirt and closes with a side zipper. The waist is back by a band of black lining for a little added structure. Tagged 38 with a hand written context tag. If you hold the fabric of the skirt up to light there are some small pinholes scattered throughout towards the hem. It held up beautifully to cleaning and they are stable. With the amount of fabric in a skirt you would never see them unless you specifically hold it up to the light. It otherwise looks to have been worn very little if at all.

Bust: each triangle covers up to 10" across with no true side seams
Underbust: 15" across at the top and under the bust from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam at the middle seam of the waist
Hips: open
Bodice: 12.5" from top of bodice to top seam of band
Banding: 4.5"
Skirt: 42" from the bottom seam of band to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4255

Reference Photos: Spring 1986 Yves Saint Laurent Runway.

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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