yves saint laurent

Well Documented Fall 1975 Yves Saint Laurent Brown Silk Jersey w Gold Strap Backless Dress

This fabulous dress is the twin of the dress that walked the Fall 1975 runway. It was featured in the ad campaign that year and in an editorial that season. I was so pleased to find so many shots of it on because it really shows you just how much it comes to life when worn. On the runway Yves put a gold belt on it and it was shown in the editorial without. My client told me that the belts were sold separately and it would be easy to recreate the belted look with any gold belt that suits you best. I love having such a well documented piece in the shop and it doesn't hurt that it is drop dead gorgeous.

This is a dress that is insanely sexy and bare feeling and yet that deep brown colour and minimal lines keep it feeling fresh. The dress is made out of a bias cut brown silk jersey that has amazing drape and feels easy-to-wear once on the body. The bodice has a halter style front that comes up at the center and then a gold coloured leather strap is set on a curve that goes up and over your shoulders and falls down the back to meet in the middle of the waits. The back is fully open otherwise and this bare expanse of skin is fabulous. The sides curve down on an angle to the waist. Despite its bareness it is cleverly cut so that when you have it on it stays perfectly in place. The waist has an attached wide band of the same fabric that wraps around you and hooks into place on one side. One side of the halter does the same and I have taken photos of how it closes as it is very clever. Under that the skirt flows to the floor in a sweep of silk jersey that has two tiers of it stacked on top of each other for added detail in the skirt. This gives the skirt beautiful movement when you move. It is stunning and a beautiful and very well documented piece of Yves early work. Excellent condition

The dress unlined and closes with a side zipper and then hooks for the side of the bodice and attached band at the waist. Tagged 38. There is a bit of patina on the gold painted leather. Hand finishes throughout and the fabric has some stretch

Bust: no true side seams but the front covers up to 18" across

Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 17" from top of bodice to top of band at waist and meant to blouse over a bit
Skirt: 40" from top of band at waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4298

Reference Photos: (1) 1975 Yves Saint Laurent photographed by Jean-Luce Hure.  /  (2) Fall 1975 Yves Saint Laurent Ad photographed by Alex Chatelain.  /  (3) Fall 1975 Yves Saint Laurent photographed by David Bailey.  /  (4) Fall 1975 Yves Saint Laurent photographed by Jacques Bugat.  /  (5-7) Fall 1975 Yves Saint Laurent Runway.

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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