Fall 1987 Yves Saint Laurent Metallic Lame Lace & Black Sequin Bow Dress
This is a softer, more romantic feeling version of the dress that Naomi Campell wore for the ad campaign that year and Christy Turlington wore in Elle UK. Theirs were fitted all the way down to the hem where this one flares out past the waist and is detailed with a large bow at the front. The fabric used is the same for both. This version is perhaps more wearable for most and a little more forgiving then the very fitted silhouette of the other.
The dress is gorgeous and the fabric itself is part of what makes it so fabulous. It is far lighter then what it looks like it should be. The top layer of fabric is a open work lace that is shot through with a metallic thread so that is has a touch of glitz. The pattern in the lace is then detailed with curving rows of glossy black sequins. The bodice and hem are finished with a silk tulle ruffle. I absolutely love this classic YSL touch and it gives the dress a flirty, girlie feel that it would not have without that finish. The dress falls from the shoulder from little straps and I think that if it fit you perfectly you could probably have the option of tucking these on and wearing it as a strapless pieces. The edge of the bodice curves and plunges. It nips in at the waist and there is a large silk satin black bow set at the center front. There is no waist seaming, it just curves in and then flares out for the skirt. Everything about the cut of the dress is done to highlight the curves of the body from the way the ruffles are set on the bust to the curved lines of the skirt as it swings out and away from the body. It is wonderful. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silky rayon and closes with a side set zipper. Tagged a vintage YSL 40Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1-2) Naomi Campbell for Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, 1987. / (3) Christy Turlington in YSL for Vogue UK 1987. Photo by Patrick Demarchelier.
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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