Fall 1986 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Black Patterned Velvet Dress w Sweetheart Neckline
This is dress is the twin the dress that walked the fall 1986 Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche runway. I was so pleased to find a shot of it on because it really shows you just how much it comes to life when worn
This gorgeous dress mixes a solid black velvet with a velvet that has a printed effect to it. The effect is created by parts the velvet being raised up slightly higher that the base. The patterned portions of the velvet have been used for the sleeves and the skirt and when it catches the light is gives the suggestion of a leopard print. This particular velvet was one of the signature fabrics of this collection and he also used a version of these same velvets in the 1985 Haute Couture collection. To add some contrast to the textured parts he kept the bodice in a solid black velvet and gave it a corseted feel. It has a curving sweetheart neckline that drapes low at the front and curves up to highlight the bust. The bodice nips in to the waist and then continues to just over the top of the hips for shape. The dress still has its original matching velvet tie so that you can cinch in the waist as much as you want and add that extra bit of texture there. The sleeves are incredible. Each is made out of the patterned velvet. They are cut to be very full and pouf out above the elbows. The skirt is also made of the patterned velvet and it falls to the floor in a pretty sweep of fabric. It is softly gathered in around the hip seam and this gives it an extra touch of volume that you see more of as you move. Excellent condition
The bodice is lined in a black hand set silk and the skirt is interfaced with a black silk chiffon. It closed with a back zipper. Each sleeve has elastic as its cuff and each shoulder has light padding. Has its original matching printed velvet tie belt. It appears to have never been worn, or worn very little. Tagged a vintage YSL 34. There is about 2.5 inches turned up under the hem if you needed more length
Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16.5" across lowest seam at very top of hips, open under that
Bodice: 14.5" from neck to waist, 4.5 from waist to lowest seam at very top of hips
Skirt: 39" from waist seam to hem including the 4.5"velvet portion under the waist seam
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference photos: (1) F/W 1986 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Collection. / (2) F/W 1985 Haute Couture Yves Saint Laurent Runway Collection. / (3) F/W 1985 Haute Couture Yves Saint Laurent dress in The MET Online Collection. / (4) Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent, 1985
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