yves saint laurent

Spring 2004 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Black Silk Chiffon Dress

"It was woman as dandy." declared Tom Ford. That was his comment to Vogue's Sarah Mower. Her review talked about 'the sinuous twenties and thirties feel he (Ford) melded into satins and chiffons for YSL's Spring collection....Together with the major frizzed hairdos and sexy high-heeled spectator shoes in leather and canvas, it added up to a new silhouette for the tall, sexually-in-control woman Ford envisions as the spirit of modern YSL.' She went on to talk about the dresses that season saying; 'There followed a line of equally individual gowns in satin and chiffon, worked with curving scalloped layers and plissé skirts and held up by the finest shoulder straps....The visions of pared-down, re-imagined Deco glamour kept coming. There were more sober options in black, with strands of jet beading moving over dark georgette' This was a a dress that was made for retail production and not shown on the runway but has that same wonderful twenties inspired feel and sense of sensuality.

This is the kind of dress that you see in real life and it makes you swoon. As good as it looks in the photos it only really comes to life on the body. When you move in it the air around you picks up the silk chiffon that it is made out of and it has the most beautiful movement. The dress is cut with a very soft and easy feel much like the dresses of the twenties and thirties. The bodice is suspended from two tiny straps that curve over your shoulders. The center dips softly down and a panel of chiffon sits over a single layer of the chiffon underneath to keep you covered and respectable. The dress is entirely cut on the bias so that it drapes down and over the bust and waist yet still shows off your curves. There is a seam just under the hips that has a curve to it and this is then edged in a tiny ruffle of chiffon. Two unlined tiers of chiffon fall under that. At the front they curve up a bit so you get a flash of leg when you move. At the back the dress is cut to plunge very low with panels of chiffon set along the edges of the plunge. These move with your slightest movement and the contrast between the panels and your bare back is very sexy. The dress skims over you to meet those two bottom tiers of chiffon. He then extended those out and past the hem to create a slight trained effect behind you. If all of that wasn't enough the seam work that extends down the length of the body of the dress is all set in curves and points to give a nod to the fantastic seaming of the twenties and thirties. The entire dress weighs ounces and it is almost like having nothing on at all. It is so sexy and yet so refined. It is just amazing and even better in person. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition 

Fully lined in fine silk through the body and closes with a low set side zipper. Tagged FR38 but generous in cut. The bias cut should allow it to fit a variety of sizes. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.

Bust: 16-19 " flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 52" from top of shoulders shortest part of the front hem, 68" to longest point of the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML maybe a small hipped MED

Item# DD3934

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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