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Ethereal Spring 2004 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Pale Nude Pink Jersey Dress
"It was woman as dandy." declared Tom Ford. That was his comment to Vogue's Sarah Mower. Her review talked about 'the sinuous twenties and thirties feel he (Ford) melded into satins and chiffons for YSL's Spring collection....Together with the major frizzed hairdos and sexy high-heeled spectator shoes in leather and canvas, it added up to a new silhouette for the tall, sexually-in-control woman Ford envisions as the spirit of modern YSL.' She went on to talk about the dresses that season saying; 'There followed a line of equally individual gowns in satin and chiffon, worked with curving scalloped layers and plissé skirts and held up by the finest shoulder straps....The visions of pared-down, re-imagined Deco glamour kept coming. There were more sober options in black, with strands of jet beading moving over dark georgette' This is the twin of the dress shown on the runway and worn by Karen Elson. It has a gorgeous twenties inspired feel and sense of sensuality once on the body.
This dress is not 100% perfect but it is completely wearable as is. If it were perfect it would be double the price it is set at. It is a very collectible runway piece and it is the kind of dress that you see in real life and it makes you swoon. As good as it looks in the photos it only really comes to life on the body. It is made out of the lightest possible silk jersey in the lightest possible shade of a ballet pink. When you move in it the air around you picks up the jersey and it has the most beautiful movement. The dress is cut with a very soft and easy feel much like the dresses of the twenties and thirties. The bodice is suspended from two straps that curve over your shoulders. The center dips down into a very low V and a panel of jersey drapes over the bodice on both sides. At the back the dress is cut to plunge low with panels of jersey set along the edges of the plunge. These move with your slightest movement and the contrast between the panels and your bare back is very sexy. The dress is entirely cut on the bias so that it drapes down and over the bust and waist yet still shows off your curves. There are horizontal seams that run across the top sides of the hips. These dip down in a curve when on the body and a diamond is shaped between them at the front. The dress skims over you to meet the lowers skirts. The skirt is made from two layers of the fabric and cut longer at the center of the front and back. All of the seaming on the dress is done to give a nod to the fantastic seaming of the twenties and thirties. The entire dress weighs ounces and it is almost like having nothing on at all. It is so sexy and yet so refined. It is just amazing and even better in person. It presents as excellent condition but please review the notes below
The layering of the fabric act as the lining. No closures, it just slips over the head to wear. The bias cut and stretch to the fabric should allow it to fit a range of sizes. I see two tiny burn marks on the inside edge of the neckline and one mark on the skirt. There is a little cut out on one hip and a tiny hole in the skirt. Light snagging around the hip area and a repair to the point of the skirt. All individually are very tiny flaws and when on the dress presents perfectly. Please see the shots after the label shot. The fabric has stretch and the measurements below are of it laying flat and at a comfortable range.
Bust: 16-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 52" from top of shoulders shortest part of the front hem, 62" to longest point
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos/Video: (1-4) Spring 2004 Yves Saint Laurent Runway, Look 12. Model: Karen Elson. / (5) Kate Beckinsale at the 2004 Vanity Fair Oscar Party .
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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