yves saint laurent

Spring 2002 Tom Ford For Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Bias Cut Silk Caftan Dress

There are few collections with such instant recognition as this one had when it came out, and still has to this day. This look was not shown on the runway but was one of the production pieces that hit the sales floor that year. It is made out of a single layer of bias cut silk chiffon that sits over an inner layer of a black silk. The inner layer is also bias cut and the two layers float over each other perfectly to drape over the body. The fabrics used are as light as a feather so that the caftan feels wonderful once on the body. It has a gathered pleating detail that runs along the front neckline. At the back it closes with a single button above a small keyhole slit. It is cut very long and falls even longer at the back. This gives the caftan a trained effect and results in a more evening feel then had the hem been cut the same length all the way around. There are slits on either side to slip your arms through but the sides are closed otherwise. It is cut to slightly taper in as it nears the hemand is immensely flattering once on. It is tagged as a size 40 but between the caftan cut and the bias cut silk it will fit almost any size. It is truly a remarkable dress that is hands down one of my favorite pieces ever. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silk and clips over the head to wear. Has one button to close at the back of the neck. Appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Tagged a 40.

Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust:-Hips: open
Length: 58" from shoulder to front hem, 70" to the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: OSFA

Item# DD3139

Reference Photos: (1-3) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.  /  (4) S/S 2002 Yves Saint Laurent Runway, Look 39, Model: Caroline Ribeiro.  /  (5) Photo by Craig McDean for Harper’s Bazaar, January 2002. 

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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