Runway Fall 2002 Yves Saint Laurent Blue Velvet Jacket w Long Sleeves & Tuxedo Collar
The twin of this jacket was shown on the runway with a matching skirt for Look 32 as seen on the Fall 2002 Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent runway. The Vogue review of that collection stated in part: 'Tom Ford is very, very good at being wicked. The designer was in an adult-erotic frame of mind at Yves Saint Laurent, taking potential clichés such as black satin ribbon, taffeta, velvet, chantilly lace and fur and applying them in an offhand way to extravagant, body-emphasizing pieces that often looked as if they might fall off at the slightest pull of a bow. What, after all, could be more provocative than a woman wearing expensive clothes that look as if they were made to be undone by a lover? ... The show was full of amazingly detailed, sexily cut suits, fabulous coats and sweeping evening gowns delicately inserted with lace.' Ford's work for the Gucci and YSL label during this period has now reached cult-like status and this jacket is an incredible example of what he was doing to make it that way.
This is a stunning jacket and it looks like it was never worn or worn very little. It is the twin of the one that walked the runway and is a classic piece that defines Tom Ford time at the label. It is made from a deep blue velvet and the construction is immaculate. The shoulders are slightly sloped but shaped with padding. The sleeves are incredible. They are cut on a curve with no seam at the elbow which is in the proper and traditional tailoring method. You will notice that they are also cut very long. Once on they are meant to be pushed up slightly on the arm like you see on the runway shots. The body of the jacket is cut as precisely. It skims over the bust and nips in at the waist and then flares back out over the top of the hips. There is a neat flap pocket on each hip and another pocket on the breast. All have their original tacking in place. The collar takes a play from a men's tuxedo and is finished in a blue matte silk satin. The last perfect detail is the buttons. Each is a French cuff style button with two velvet covered buttons attached together that slip through the button openings. It is stunning. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a blue silk with two button closures as described above. Lightly padded shoulders and the pockets have their original tacking in place. Tagged a FR38. It appears to have never been worn. The body of the jacket has a slightly generous cut but the sleeves are slim
Sleeves: 30.5" and meant to push up when worn
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 24" from top of bodice to waist
Sleeve opening: 16" around and the upper sleeve is 13" around
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photo: Yves Saint Laurent F/W 2002 Collection, Look 30. Model: Caroline Ribeiro.
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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