Seductive black jersey full-length maxi dress from the infamous Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche collection of fall-winter 1975. The same gown in navy blue in archived at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Pieces from this decade are very rare and are true examples of fashion history. I love the bold gold hardware links mixed with the plunging bodice. The heavily gathered slight empire waist really flatters the figure and the yards of jersey add the perfect amount of drama to the skirting. It is classic and modern, yet has its own avant-garde elements. The pictures say it all.
"In the mid-1970s the relevance of haute couture was seriously debated. The political and social upheaval of the 1960s, the emergence of a plethora of creative ready-to-wear designers, and the increasing preference for a sportswear approach to dressing as represented by American fashion were among the shifts in lifestyles and taste that appeared to sound the death knell of the calcified and elitist world of the maisons de couture. It was at this time that Yves Saint Laurent, haute couture’s preeminent practitioner, threw caution to the prevailing winds with a collection of unrivaled fantasy and luxury."
Measurements (marked a size 36)
Bust: 34-36 inches
High Waist: 26 inches
Hips: Free Sweep
Total Length: 59 inches
This rare YSL designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working side hidden zipper and interior hook closures. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.