Well Documented 1978 Yves Saint Laurent Butterfly Dress
This is one of the most documented dresses of the Spring Summer 1978 Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche collection and though I have seen black and white versions this is the only color version I have seen and it is spectacular. This collection was photoed extensively and celebrated the American woman. Nods to the forties are seen mixed with elements from his previous "Opium" collections and indeed this dress seems to be an incredible mix of the 40s, a cheongsam and the Yves particular brand of the seventies all mixed together by the genius that was Yves. Made of a black silk crepe with incredible pops of color in red, blue and white in the clusters of butterflies that flit over the entire surface. The dress is cut long and lean with a high slit up one leg. The collar is high and pointed with a butted and loop neckline so that even when closed one gets a glimpse of skin through the opening. Each sleeve is set from a dropped shoulder and cut wide and straight. It comes with its original tie belt that is cut extra extra long, allowing the wearer to wrap and twist it in place to define and create shape. It is amazing. Excellent, museum quality condition.
Fully interline in a black silky rayon and slip on the wear with button and loop closure at the neck. Original tie belt in a matching fabric. Tagged a vintage YSL 34 but the cut will allow for a bit of variety on size.
Dropped shoulders: 16.5"
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 47" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) unknown source / (2) Photo by Francois Lamy for Vogue Italia, 1978 / (3) Photo by Albert Watson, Vogue US January 1978. / (4) Spring 1978 Yves Saint Laurent Runway.
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