yves saint laurent

Fine c1988 Yves Saint Laurent Purple Silk Satin Wrap Dress

In 1988 Yves did an entire series of draped gowns using slipper satin and these were made in a variety of vibrant, beautiful colors. This dress was done in a fabulous and flattering shade of purple and is a fabulous example of his mastery. This is a fabric that is very difficult to work with and its simplicity belies the difficulty in the cut. It literally wraps and hooks into place with two hooks and has an accompanying, matching fabric sash that ties to define the waist more. The nod to the 1940s is self-evident, a theme that you see so often in pieces designed by Yves, yet it does not feel dated, even now. The fabric is gathered into very soft pleats at all of the defining seams - along the shoulders, the cuffs and the waist - and this elevates the gown. It also places the fabric over the body in a way that the light catches it with the slightest movement creating the illusion of liquid and that the fabric is sliding over the body. I love it. Excellent condition.

Unlined and wraps to close with a large flat hook on the interior waist and one on the exterior. Each shoulder is lightly padded and the fabric tie belt is original. There is a button on each cuff. Tagged a vintage YSL 40. The fabric is cut on the bias so there is some give in the measurements

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 19-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam where the hooks are set now - you could adjust/move these by at least 2 inches up or down.
Hips: open
Bodice: approx 17" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD1853

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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