Spring 2000 Yves Saint Laurent by Alber Elbaz Black & White Strapless Dress
An oft forgotten period of the YSL history are the three ready-to-wear collections designed by Alber Elbaz, Fall 1999, Spring 2000 and Fall 2000. The fit was not quite right and he was ultimately replaced by Tom Ford. It is an interesting little blip in the labels history and a fascinating example of Alber's work during this time period as well. This dress is from the second collection he did for the label and is one of my favorites out of all of the dresses he designed during his tenure. It was worn to perfection on the runway by Maggie Rizer and photos for the February issue of Vogue that year as well. This is the second time I have had this dress in the shop, the first just a few weeks ago but in a size 40. Was very pleased to have been presented with a second one so soon after the first flew out the door.
The dress is strapless with sleek and simple lines. An inner shaped and sculpted bodice holds and fits it into place and then the exterior fabric flows over that, from the top of the bodice to the floor, in a sweep of fabric. The shape gradually widens out as it nears the hem in a beautiful line. There are two curving inverted pleats on each side of the dress that begin just under the arm and extend right to the hem. These give the dress more movement and volume as you move. You get an idea of just how much fabric is hidden away by the runway photos included here. I love the textured fabric and the little white square 'dots' that cover the dress from bust to hem. It looks to have never been worn. Excellent condition
There is a structured inner bodice that is boned and slightly stiffened. This closes with its own side set zipper and a hooked waist stay. The exterior fabric is unlined and closes at the side with a hidden set zipper. Tagged a YSL vintage 42. The owner told me that this dress as never worn and had been carefully stored in her closet since she purchased it.
Bust: to 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner corset waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 52" from top of bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1-2) S/S 2000 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Collection, Look 30, Model: Maggie Rizer. / (3) Photo by Arthur Elgort, Vogue US, February 2000. / (4) Runway video The fashion Channel
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