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Important Spring 2004 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Runway & Ad Campaign Silk Dress

"It was woman as dandy." declared Tom Ford. That was his comment to Vogue's Sarah Mower. Her review talked about 'the sinuous twenties and thirties feel he (Ford) melded into satins and chiffons for YSL's Spring collection....Together with the major frizzed hairdos and sexy high-heeled spectator shoes in leather and canvas, it added up to a new silhouette for the tall, sexually-in-control woman Ford envisions as the spirit of modern YSL.' She went on to talk about the dresses that season saying; 'There followed a line of equally individual gowns in satin and chiffon, worked with curving scalloped layers and plissé skirts and held up by the finest shoulder straps....The visions of pared-down, re-imagined Deco glamour kept coming' This is the twin of the dress shown on the runway and worn by Liya Kebede. It also has the added provenance of being featured in the ad campaign that season and was shot for a Tank Magazine editorial.  It is just phenomenal.

The dress has a gorgeous twenties inspired feel and sense of sensuality once on the body. It is a very collectible runway piece and it is the kind of dress that you see in real life and it makes you swoon. As good as it looks in the photos it only really comes to life on the body. It is made out of the lightest possible silk chiffon in the palest softest nude with just a touch of yellow to it and then this is combined with a chartreuse silk. When you move in the dress the air around you picks up the chiffon and it has the most beautiful movement. You can see this in the runway reference video. The dress is cut with a very soft and easy feel much like the dresses of the twenties and thirties. The bodice is suspended from two tiny straps that curve over your shoulders. The center dips down low across the neck. A double panel of chiffon drapes down the sides of the bodice on both sides. You could slip your arms through these I think and wear them as low draped sleeves but on the runway and ad shots they were shown draping down the side of the body. It gives the impression that the dress is already half off and very sensual. At the back the dress is cut to plunge low and the side draped panels extend to create a horizontal panel across the back. This all moves with your slightest movement and the contrast between the panels and your bare back is very sexy. The dress is entirely cut on the bias so that it drapes down and over the bust and waist yet still shows off your curves. At the waist is a very long wide silk panel attached at the front. This is wrapped around you and tied to add shape there. The ties are extremely long so you can wrap several times or wear them trailing out behind you with mess wrapping around the waist area. There is a vertical panel of the chartreuse silk that runs down the center of the skirt at the front and back and then the sides are chiffon so have a touch of transparency to them. The skirt is cut longer at the side so that it moves and drapes around you in the most incredible of ways. All of the seaming on the dress is done to give a nod to the fantastic seaming of the twenties and thirties. The entire dress weighs ounces and it is almost like having nothing on at all. It is so sexy. It is just amazing and even better in person. This is really a special and rare piece of fashion history. Excellent condition

There is an inner layer of silk chiffon lining and the inner lining is slit up both sides so that it has movement as well when you move. It zips to close at the side under a decorative row of buttons covered in the chartreuse silk. The bias cut of the fabric should allow it to fit a range of sizes. It is meant to be loose and easy everywhere and then just caught up at the waist with the attached ties. I see one light spot on the side of the hip. Please see the shot after the label shot. This was very hard to measure because of how its intended to be worn draped over the body. The measurements below are of it laying flat and at a comfortable range. Tagged a YSL FR40

Bust: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-17" flat across from side seam to side seam and then you use the ties to cinch in
Inner hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 65" from top of shoulder to shortest part of the front hem, 66" to longest points at the sides

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4328

Reference Photos/Video: (1-4) Spring 2004 Yves Saint Laurent Runway, Look 33. Model Liya Kebede.  /  (5-6) Spring 2004 Yves Saint Laurent Ad Campaign.  /  (7) Models in Spring 2004 Yves Saint Laurent, Tank Magazine Issue 26. Photographed by Stefano Galuzzi.

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