Spring 1991 Yves Saint Laurent Runway & Ad Campaign Printed Draped Dress
The twin of this dress was used for the 1991 ad campaign shot by Arthur Elgort that featured the stunning Yasmin Le Bon. Two shots were used from that shoot so Yves must have especially loved this dress. It was also presented on the 1991 runway as seen on the beautiful Amalia Vairelli. This was one of the iconic pieces of that season and I am very pleased to have found this example.
The dress is made from a slinky silk jersey that has enough weight and drape to it to perfectly fall into the lovely draped lines that Yves desired it to have. The dress perfectly represents this time period and you can see the transition from the stronger, more angular shaped of the eighties slowly moving into simpler shapes for the 1990s. The vivid color and touch of excess from the 1980s is still there and present, but the shape is softening. It skims over the body and the skirt is made to look like it has been wrapped into place. A intricate series of hooks and snaps hold that lovely draping perfectly in place and it is these interior details that really showcase the high quality that Yves put into his designs. The neckline is slightly scooped and set in a wide crew neck. The gathers at its base and the masterful cut keep it firmly and remarkably in place. The waist is gathered across and a panel of draped silk jersey hang down over one leg. This sits over a high slit underneath that is created by the wrap over shows off some leg when you walk, sit or move. It is amazing on the body and a rare find. Excellent condition with a small note to review below
Unlined but with a inner silk inset that is about 5" wide and circles the low waist so that the skirt sits perfectly. This inset is attached to the side zipper and hooks with a flat hook as well. The dress then closes above and below this on that same side with a series of hook & eye and snaps. Tagged a vintage YSL 42. There is a small scattering of marks on one shoulder which I have photoed and shown after the label photo. It gets lost in the print but mentioned for accuracy and priced accordinglySleeves: 18"
Slightly dropped shoulders: 17"
Bust: 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 18" from top of shoulder to dropped waist
Skirt: 24" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: (1) S/S 1991 Yves Saint Laurent Ad featuring Yasmin Le Bon. / (2) S/S 1991 Yves Saint Laurent Ad from Vogue US, March 1991. (Both photos by Arthur Elgort.) / (3) Amalia Vairelli for S/S 1991 Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.
Reference Video (below): S/S 1991 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Show from Fashion Channel.
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