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Spring 1992 Yves Saint Laurent Ad Campaign Black Dress w Green & Red Enamel Heart Buttons

The twin of this dress was used for the 1992 ad campaign that was shot by Helmut Newton on Karen Mulder. We also found the runway shots of the dress in purple worn by a young 19 year old Tyra Banks and in the video here you can see that the twin of this black one followed right behind it. We have had the purple version in the shop before and that dress had its original hang tag on it so we know that this dress originally retailed for $1990, the equivalent of about $4400 USD in current dollars. This was one of the iconic pieces of that season and I am very pleased to have found it in the black version.

The dress is made from a crisp cotton and silk mix that has just enough weight to it so that it sits perfectly once on the body. It skims over your curves in a chic and simple line. The dress perfectly represents this time period and you can see the transition from the stronger more angular shape of the eighties and how it was slowly moving into simpler shapes for the 1990s, all while still retaining the emphasis on the shoulders that the eighties had. That touch of excess from the 1980s is still there, but the shape is softening. The neckline is scooped and just deep enough to feel sexy but without being too deep not to be able to easily wear. It has a row of buttons under that that run to past the waist and this is held closed with those incredible poured glass enamel buttons. There are six in total, three red and three green and I love the heart shape they are done in. It is cut to skim over the bust, waist and hips. The skirt widens out just a touch as it nears the hem. That ruffled shoulder and neckline detail is the star of the show. It follows the cut of the neckline and puffs out above the shoulders for a bit of high drama. I love that we have so many reference photos so that you can see just how amazing this dress is on the body. It appears to have been worn very little, if at all. Excellent condition

Unlined and closes down the front with the buttons as seen. Tagged a vintage YSL 40

Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam

Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 34" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4409

Reference Photos/Video: (1) Spring 1992 Yves Saint Laurent Ad Campaign.  /  (2-6) Spring 1992 Yves Saint Laurent Runway. Model: Tyra Banks.  

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