Iconic Fall 1991 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Slinky Gold Lame Dress w Gold Button Details
The twin of this dress was worn on the Yves Saint Laurent runway by supermodel Yasmeen Ghauri. We also found runway footage and lots of reference photos of the dress as she walked the catwalk in it that season. It is an exceptional rare and wonderful piece by Yves Saint Laurent. These gold lame pieces are what defined that season and I am very pleased to have found this example. Especially given its tie in with Yasmeen. It is magical and is a definitive piece that you instantly identify as a YSL piece.
I love that we found some runway footage so that you can see just how spectacular this dress is on and moving. It was styled with a thin gold belt on the runway and it would be very easy to add a vintage or modern version if you wanted to get the full runway feel. The fabric is feather light so it is insanely comfortable and it moves beautifully on the body once on. It is made from a feather light silk lame chiffon in a solid gold with a tiny bit of a stripe texture running through it. This causes the entire dress to catch the light and shimmer from every angle. The bodice is cut to skim over you. It is gathered up and into the shoulder on one side where a row of gold toned metal buttons sit. These are fully functional and run across the top of the shoulder. The fabric is also gathered in a touch at the waist on the opposite side. It then skims over the hip and is gathered into the hip where it buttons again. This is what creates that drape over the body that you see and it subtly highlights and creates curves. The skirt is remarkable. It falls over the hips with that gathering on the one side and then drapes to the floor. The gathered side makes the hem slightly asymmetrical and it has a high slit on the side it buttons that allows some leg to flash. It is a double layer of the same fabric so when you walk the gold is not broken and you see it on the inside part of the skirt. As good as it looks here it only really comes to life once on. It is an incredibly beautiful dress and no matter how good it looks in the photos the sensation and tactile feeling of the fabric and lightness when you have it in hand is just phenomenal. Excellent condition with a minor note below.
Fully lined through the bodice in gold silk and the skirt is a double layer of the gold. It zips to close under the decorative buttons on the hip and the zipper continues to up to under the arm. The buttons on the shoulder are functional. There is a weight attached inside the bodice to that it hangs properly when on. I see some one pinhole near the hem of the skirt and a couple teeny tiny areas where you can see the black under fabric. There is so much fabric that you would only ever see them if its laid out flat and looked for these but they are mentioned for accuracy. Please see the photos after the label shot. Bias cut through the bodice and skirt.
Bust: 17-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist and will blouse over if belted
Skirt: 44" from waist to hem with a 30" slit on one side
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photos/Video: Fall 1991 Yves Saint Laurent Runway.
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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