Important 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture 'Just Married' Documented Runway Suit
This was the closing look of the Spring 2001 Haute Couture collection and there are countless photos of Yves with Laetitia Casta wearing the twin of this suit. It was coined the 'Just Married' suit and the background and inspiration for this collection is one of my favorite things that I have read to date about his collections as it has such a romantic twist to it. This was one of his final collections and to have come full circle and to have him look back to his very beginnings in fashion strikes a chord in my heart. This is perfectly explained in the 'Dior Catwalk book which states; "The spring/summer 2001 collection paid tribute to Parisian elegance, and above all to Christian Dior, Yves specified, in an interview to the newspaper France Soir, that 'this collection represents my memories of the time when I was working for Dior an was an adolescent'. He added; 'I was very inspired... I wanted to go back to the Paris couture of the 1950s'. Leslie Veyrat, who wrote the notes for this collection in that book, references the suits in particular stating; "The day suits presented a fluid silhouette, heightened by strong shoulders, designed for a confodent and powerful woman.' She goes on to mention this suit specifically; "White dresses were followed by a 'just married' dress modelled by Laetitia Casta, bag in hand, and looking as though ready to go on her honeymoon. The couturier presents her with a bouquet of lilies in the valley, Christian Dior's talisman flower. The end of the show was greeted by a standing ovation, a sign of the emotion generated by this collection of 105 designs that seem to be a farewell and epitomized the poetic quality of the couturiers collections."
The suit is a marvel of construction and is in wonderful condition. It is sourced from the original couture client. Its simple appearance belies the masterful cut and tailoring that lies behind it. The jacket is tailored with a sleek cut that has some fullness around the upper body and a wonderfully wide, notched collar. Three pockets are top set on the front and the shoulders are padded. The silk mix fabric has enough weight that it holds the lines perfectly once it is on. It has its original belt to cinch in the waist and add shape. I love the flipped up cuffs on each sleeve. These are set that way and give it a little French nonchalance feel to the suit that is fantastic. The skirt is cut in a simple pencil shape. The waist is banded and the lines have been kept simple to accommodate the belting of the jacket over it. Once on, the suit transforms and you can see how beautiful the lines are from the runway photos I have included here for reference. His suits change the way we approach woman's wear and this particular one is a particularly wonderful example of how strong his tailoring and lines were. The added provenance of it being from one of his final collections, and the sweet story behind how it was presented on the runway, adds to its importance. This is truly a once in a life time find. Excellent condition with a minor note below
Both pieces are lined in a rich heavy cream silk. The jacket has a single hand carved button at the front and there is a little hidden snap that allows you too close the lapels so that you don't have to wear anything underneath it. The skirt has a zipper and hook & eye at the waist. Two top set pockets on the breast of the jacket. The slip belt is stamped as being Haute Couture and the jacket has its proper Haute Couture label numbered 075986. All hand finished to couture standards. There is a smudge of a mark at the seams under the arms and perhaps the smallest hint of grubbiness to the edge of the skirt. It looks to have been worn very little
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 39" from neck to head
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.75" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 25" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photos: Laetitia Casta in the final look for the 2001 Haute Couture Yves Saint Laurent Runway Collection. / Last photo: S/S 2001 Haute Couture Collection as shown in the book “Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Catwalk” published by Yale University Press.
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