yves saint laurent

Spring 1987 Yves Saint Laurent Grosgrain, Dotted Net & Silk Strapless Dress w Bows

This dress is a version of the dress I just recently sold in the shop with just a slight change in the design. Yves sent a series of these dresses down the runway that year including a shorter version to this one where the smaller bands on the dress were done in multi-colors and an all black long one that was used in the 1987 ad campaign. I have included these reference photos for you so that you can see just how great this dress is on the body. In person and even on the dress form it just does not present as well as it will once on a girl who properly fits it and brings it to life. The 1987 collection is one of my all time favorites and I am very pleased to have this wonderful example from it in the shop for you so soon after the last one.

The dress is made from a black silk faille base with a layer of dotted black netting applied over the bodice in horizontal bands. This choice in fabric gives the dress its structure and shape so that it holds the shape around you once on. The bodice is strapless and cut on a soft curve across the neckline. It is lightly boned on the inside for a built in shape that molds your form to it. It curves in just slightly to skim over the waist and then curves back out for the hips. From there it falls past the hips and the lower skirts flare outwards to the hem. The lower skirt is quite full and makes an incredible statement. The bands between the lace of the bodice are made from wide black silk grosgrain ribbon and they are beautiful and rich feeling. I love the contrast between the texture of the grosgrain and the dotted silk netting. At the back, each ribbon warps around and ends in a large flat bow for five of them in total running down the center of your back. Bows were a prominent part of the theme for this show and this dress displays that wonderfully. That combination of the grosgrain ribbon, the dotted lace, the bows, and that stunning full lower skirt is just gorgeous to see and it is even better on the body. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a crisp black cotton and closes with a side set zipper. The inner bodice is lightly boned and shaped. Inner waist stay that hooks to close with a flat hook & eye. Tagged a 42. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam with an A-small C cup built into the front
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 52" from top of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4431

Reference Photos: (1) Spring 1987 Yves Saint Laurent Ad Campaign (2-4) Spring 1987 Yves Saint Laurent Runway /  (5) Spring 1987 editorial photo source unknown

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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