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Exceptional Spring 1984 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Strapless Purple & Green Silk Organza Dress

This is one of my favorites dresses that Yves ever made. I just had one in the shop and I was super excited to find another so soon because that definitely does not happen often. It is the twin of the runway piece that season and I have included  multiple shots of it on the runway that season. I love having these so that you can get an idea of how great it is on the body and the movement that it has. The twin of this dress was also photoed by David Seidner that season and I have that here as well for you. It is a beautiful example of Yves' work during this time period and just one of the prettiest dresses ever. I love it.

The silk used for this dress is feather light and it feels almost weightless on the body. The fabric is a beautiful silk organza that has a pretty abstract pattern screened over it in purple and green with pops of white. The custom designed print is used on both layers of the bodice. Layering it like that lets the two prints on each layer to be slightly offset as they float over each other to give the print an extra dimension of depth. It also lets the fabric be just opaque enough to wear. The dress is strapless and the bodice is gathered into soft gathers that are held in place down the seams on both sides. These run from the top of the bodice to just below the hip so your curves are highlighted. The seam that wraps around the hip is cut on a slight angle to add length. The skirt falls under that to the floor. The skirt is also made from a double layer of silk and you get that gorgeous depth to the pattern there as well. The two layers of the skirt float over each other and the lightness of the silk lets them move with your slightest movement. Attached all the way around that seam at the hip is a wide sash of the same fabric. It extends out into extra long ties at one side. This is how you create that fabulous big soft bow at the side or tie or wrap it around you to suit you best. I love how this adds so much detail and romance. This is one of my favorite of all of Yves' pieces. It is even better in person and on a body. Excellent condition with a minor note below

The second inner layer of the same fabric acts as the lining as described above. It closes with a side set zipper. I see some stress / small repairs to the inner seams around the inner top. They do not show when on and they are stable. Please see the two photos after the label shot. Tagged a vintage YSL 36

Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 52" from top of bodice to longest point of the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4354

Reference Photo: (1-3) S/S 1984 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Collection. Model: Anna Bayle.  /  (4) Yves Saint Laurent 1983, David Seidner Archives.

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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