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F/W 1985 Yves Saint Laurent Ad Campaign Black Jersey Plunge Dress

The red version of this dress was used for the 1985 ad campaign shot by Helmut Newton and featuring long time muse, Kirat Young. This is one of the iconic pieces of that season and I am very pleased to have found this.

The dress is made from a slinky black silk jersey that has enough weight and drape to it to perfectly fall into the sharp angular lines that Yves wanted it to be shaped in. It perfectly represents this time period with its precisely shaped, strong shoulders and the shape of it that narrows as it reaches the hem. It skims over the body and hooks and snaps to close at the base of that plunge. The extremely low cut V of the front is if course what makes it so edgy. It plunges to the waist and goes as deep on the black version as it did on the red you see Kirat wearing. The gathers at its base and the masterful cut keep it firmly and remarkably in place. Each sleeve is long and slim and cut to mimic the shape of the body of the dress. They are cut wider where they meet the shoulders and then narrow down to the wrist. It is amazing on the body and a rare find. Excellent condition

Unlined and closes at the base of the plunge with a flat hook & eye and snaps under that. Each sleeve zips to close. Padding in each shoulder. Tagged a vintage YSL 40. The fabric does have stretch so will fit a variety of sizes, stretching to accommodate curves and draping well on smaller frames

Sleeves: 25"
Shoulders: to 16" but meant to be slightly exaggerated
Bust: 18-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 44" from neck to hem
Plunge: 16" from top to base

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD3044

Reference Photos: (1) Kirat Young for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche F/W 1985, shot by Helmut Newton, Vogue US March 1985.  /  (2) Another shot from the same shoot used for other publications that year.

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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