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SAINT LAURENT black SHEER BACK GRECIAN NECK Cocktail Dress 36
By Saint Laurent
Located in Zürich, CH
aint Laurent Pre-AW'13 mini dress in black acetate (57%) and viscose (43%). With gathered neck and sheer keyhole back. Closes with two hooks at the top and invisible zipper at the bo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Dresses

Saint Laurent Sheer Black Asymmetric Sleeveless Dress - 0-2
By Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Saint Laurent Sheer Black Strappy Dress - Deep V neck - Open Low Back - Lightweight And Flowing Silhouette - Handkerchief Hem - Hook and Clasp Fastening Material: - 100% Sil...
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2010s Evening Dresses and Gowns

F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Sheer Red Plunging Ruffles Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- few faint tiny marks- please see photos FABRIC: Rayon & Silk ...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

Saint Laurent Sheer Black Silk Gold Lurex Dot Cut Out Back Tunic Mini Dress
By Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
An unexpected take on a spring line, the Spring 2017 collection from YSL showcased various forms of black, paying homage to Saint Laurent’s creative use of form and texture in a slee...
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2010s Mini Dress

NWT S/S 1999 Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Beaded Fishnet Knit Long Dress Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 1999 Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Unworn with tags FABRIC: Rayon COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: 40 with tons of stre...
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1990s Maxi Dress

S/S 2002 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Sheer Leopard Silk Plunging Gown Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2000 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact us for more images or information CONDITION: Excellent FABRIC: Silk COUNTRY: France SIZE: 38 MEASUREMENTS; pro...
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Early 2000s Evening Dresses

F/W 2002 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Runway Sheer Black Dress w Train & Choker
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2002 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford runway- dress and choker were shown on the runway. Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws b...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

1992 YVES SAINT LAURENT lace mini strapless dress with sequins and sheer hemline
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Jet-black, lace mini dress with sequins, bottom sheer panel and satin trim from Yves Saint Laurent dating to Spring of 1992. Dress is labeled a French size 38; however it would bette...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Runway Sheer Black Silk Plunging Gown Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Runway Please contact us for more images or information CONDITION: Good- no holes or stains FABRIC: Silk COUNTRY: France SIZE: ...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

S/S 2002 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Runway Sheer Brown Silk Cut-Out Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2002 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: Silk & Spandex COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: ...
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Early 2000s Evening Dresses

Saint Laurent Semi Sheer Twisted Straps Silk Leopard Print Gown Size 40
By Saint Laurent
Located in Paradise Island, BS
Saint Laurent Semi Sheer Twisted Straps Silk Leopard Print Gown This striking dress from Saint Laurent features twisted strap detail, floor length silhouette, and semi sheer silk fa...
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2010s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Saint Laurent Semi Sheer Twisted Straps Silk Leopard Print Gown Size 42
By Saint Laurent
Located in Paradise Island, BS
Saint Laurent Semi Sheer Twisted Straps Silk Leopard Print Gown This striking dress from Saint Laurent features twisted strap detail, floor length silhouette, and semi sheer silk fa...
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2010s Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 2002 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Runway Sheer Black Silk Cut-Out Gown Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2002 Yves Saint Laurent shown on runway in leopard print Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- light discoloration near snap closure of ...
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Early 2000s Evening Gowns

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Taffeta Evening Skirt and Sheer Bow Blouse
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Austin, TX
1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Taffeta Evening skirt and sheer bow blouse. Condition: Excellent. Size Small / 36 35" bust, 25" waist
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford F/W 2003 Bra Cutout Semi-Sheer Black Ruffle Dress
Located in Totowa, NJ
Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford F/W 2003 Bra Cutout Semi-Sheer Black Ruffle Dress Size M
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Early 2000s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Unworn S/S 2010 Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Ivory Silk Kaftan Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2010 Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Unworn FABRIC: Rayon/Silk/Cashmere COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: One Size MEASU...
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2010s Casual Dresses

S/S 2011 Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Fingerprint Red Silk Cut-Out Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2011 Yves Saint Laurent- I believe this dress is a runway sample- it has a runway number Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Flawless Fabri...
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2010s Casual Dresses

2003 Yves Saint Laurent Plunging Semi-Sheer Black Slinky Gown Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 2003 Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: 100% rayon COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: M MEASUREMENTS; prov...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Navy Sheer Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL navy chiffon evening gown. The gown has a draped neck panel that is gathered at the shoulders. The sleeves are gathered toward the cuff and have dramat...
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1980s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Tunic Ensemble
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL black sheer very fine jersey kimono sleeve two piece ensemble. The top has large kimono style sleeves with black satin ribbon closure and gathered wais...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Sheer Black Ruffle Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: Rayon & Silk COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: M ...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

1970's YVES SAINT LAURENT sheer metallic strapless dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Sheer strapless dress with vivid metallic floral threads from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the late 1970's. Labeled a French size 38 which fits a US 2 or 4. Elastic at bust measures ...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

NWT 2006 Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Black Silk Long Gown Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 2006 Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: New with tags FABRIC: Silk COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 40 MEASUREMENTS; provided ...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

NWT 2006 Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Black Silk Long Gown Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 2006 Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: New with tags FABRIC: Silk COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 40 MEASUREMENTS; provided ...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

1970's Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Black Knit Plunging Silk Gown Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 1970's Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no holes, stains or runs in silk. FABRIC: Knit & Silk COUNTRY MADE: Italy...
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1970s Maxi Dress

C. 2000 Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Black Corset Strapless Ruched Wiggle Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: Circa 2000 Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws! COUNTRY MADE: Italy FABRIC: Acetate & Nylon SIZE: 34 MEASU...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Sheer Red Plunging Ruffle Dress L
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2004 Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- 2 tiny minor imperfections- please see last 2 photos. FABRIC: Rayon & Si...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

2007 Yve Saint Laurent Sheer Navy Blue Silk 2 Hooded & Slip Dress Set
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 2007 Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- light marks- not seen when worn- please see last photo. FABRIC: Silk COUNT...
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Early 2000s Mini Dress

2000's Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Plunging Sheer Black Knit Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 2000's Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- light wear- faint light spot on one arm- please see last photo ...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

NWT F/W 2002 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Sheer Black Strapless Gown Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2002 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: New with tags FABRIC: Silk COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 38 MEASUR...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

2000's Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Plunging Sheer Black Knit Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 2000's Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- light wear- faint light spot on one arm- please see last photo ...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Runway Semi-Sheer Black Mini Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Runway Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- flawless! FABRIC: Silk & Spandex COUNTRY MADE: France...
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Early 2000s Mini Dress

F/W 2002 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Runway Sheer Black Plunging Gown Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2002 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford runway Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws! FABRIC: Silk COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 4...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Red Sheer Printed Halter Dress, 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Gorgeous 1980s Saint Laurent Rive Gauche red sheer halter dress! Made of a red sheer chiffon fabric with woven metallic flame-like pattern throughout. Ultra-sexy silhouette with long...
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1980s Day Dresses

F/W 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Plunging Sheer Black Fringe Flower Dress 38
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- flawless! FABRIC: 100% silk COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 38 ...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Runway Sheer Black Silk Fringe Coat Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Runway Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- flawless! FABRIC: Silk COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 40...
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Early 2000s Evening Dresses

S/S 2003 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Sheer Black Mummy Wrap Cut-Out Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2003 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good no flaws! FABRIC: 100% viscose top layer- 100% silk lining- pu...
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Early 2000s Evening Dresses

YVES SAINT LAURENT sheer metallic caftan
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Gorgeous sheer floral silk caftan with metallic thread from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the early 1980's. Labeled a French size 38, although this caftan fits most sizes. Length meas...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

F/W 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Plunging Sheer Black Fringe Flower Dress 38
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- flawless! FABRIC: 100% silk COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 38 ...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Sheer Black Cut-Out Ruffle Mini Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2003 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws! FABRIC: Sheer and thin rayon & spandex blend. COU...
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Early 2000s Mini Dress

F/W 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Plunging Sheer Black Fringe Flower Dress 34
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: Silk COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 34 MEASUR...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Semi-Sheer Plunging High Slit Gown Maxi Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: 100% silk with side zip closure COUNTRY MADE: F...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

1970's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Royal Purple Sheer Silk Damask Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970's Yves Saint Laurent sheer silk damask gown in deep royal purple. The dress has an asymmetrical neckline, classic YSL ruffles at the cuffs and side slit with a self sash belt. T...
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1970s Evening Dresses

1970's YVES SAINT LAURENT black sheer dress with red moon print
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Black sheer peasant style silk dress with red moon print from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1970's. French size 40 however this will fit many sizes due to the oversized fit. Lengt...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Grey Sheer Silk Egyptian Style Embellished Tunic M
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The tailoring of this tunic is skilful and smart making it one of the best creations of Yves Saint Laurent. Made of 100% silk, this Egyptian style tunic with a flawless finish is sur...
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2010s Day Dresses

1980 Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Sheer Tiered Maxi Dress w/Peasant Sleeves
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1980 Yves Saint Laurent black maxi dress with an abstract floral slightly raised pattern throughout, square neckline, tiered full skirt and sheer 3/4 sleeves. Dress is lined at the i...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Sexy Sheer Panel Purple Silk Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Sexy Sheer Panel Purple Silk Dress sz 34 There are two sheer panel's, one on the skirt, and another on the midriff. The midriff sheer panel is cover...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Black and White Long Sheer Gown, Circa 1970
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a long sheer black and white gown by Yves Saint Laurent, from the 1970's. The gown has an uneven waist line and a hem with ruffles. There are ruffles at the shoulder, a separ...
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1970s Evening Gowns

YVES SAINT LAURENT YSL Brown Sheer Button Down Shirt-Dress sz 8
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent YSL Brown Sheer Button Down Shirt-Dress Made in: France Color: Dark and light brown Composition: 100% silk Lining: Brown, 100% silk Closure/opening: Front cen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Informal Dresses

1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Silk Leopard Animal Print Dress Jacket YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Every woman was Yves Saint Laurent’s customer. By designing timeless and easily wearable styles, Saint Laurent was able to capture audiences from all different walks of life through ...
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1990s Day Dresses

F/W 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Plunging Sheer Black Fringe Flower Dress 34
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: Silk COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 34 MEASUR...
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Early 2000s Maxi Dress

Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Black Semi Sheer Lace Cocktail Dress
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Black Semi Sheer Lace Cocktail Dress French Size 38 Bust 34" Waist 28" Hips 36" Length 40"
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21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Semi Sheer Brown Draped Evening Dress Black Trim
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Semi Sheer Brown Draped Evening Dress with Black Trim French Size 38 Bust 34" Waist 26" Hips 40" Length 61" This type of viscose is very delicate and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent by Alber Elbaz Sheer Black Dress
By Alber Elbaz
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Yves Saint Laurent by Alber Elbaz Sheer Black Dress. The fabric is a black twill with the pattern running horizontal. Sheer top is obscured by draped bib on the front and back, tie...
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Late 20th Century Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Reptile Print Two Layer Sheer Dress Fall 2004
By Tom Ford
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Reptile Print Brown Metallic Dress Fall 2004. Wonderful Tom Ford YSL with sheer panels and silver threads , much prettier than the photos . Size 42 (Si...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

Tom Ford For YSL 2003 Sheer Ruffle Cocktail Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Get ready for a night out with this sexy Tom Ford for YSL cocktail dress! Circa 2003 from their Fall/Winter collection, this sheer midi dress features a ruffled bottom, a flattering ...
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Early 2000s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Saint Laurent Sheer Dress For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary saint laurent sheer dress you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Red, Blue and more. If you’re looking for a saint laurent sheer dress from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. An accessory like this designed by Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent and Tom Ford — each of whom created a beautiful version of this treasured item — is worth considering. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Saint Laurent Sheer Dress?

On average, a saint laurent sheer dress on 1stDibs sells for $3,200, while they’re typically $338 on the low end and $18,200 for the highest priced versions of this item.

yves-saint-laurent Biography and Important Works

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent pioneered “cross-design” in fashion, taking inspiration from street trends to modernize haute couture.

Saint Laurent was the first to launch a ready-to-wear label, YSL Rive Gauche Prêt-à-Porter. He was the first couturier to open boutiques for both men and women. Using traditional menswear fabrics and designs for women, Saint Laurent also literally cross-dressed, giving men and women alike chic pant suits, elegant tuxedo jackets and urban safari gear. By blurring gender-specific design, he empowered individual style while creating a scissor-sharp fashion aesthetic of sensual ease and beauty. Many of his designs are today considered timeless classics.

Born to French parents in Oran, Algeria, in 1936, Saint Laurent went to Paris at age 17 to study fashion at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Just two years later, in 1955, his remarkable sketches were shown to Christian Dior, then the world’s reigning couturier, who hired him immediately.

Surprisingly soon thereafter, Dior publicly chose Saint Laurent as his successor, which sadly proved prescient when the fashion legend died unexpectedly, in 1957. A mere slip of a youth, the 21-year-old Saint Laurent was nevertheless up to the challenge. He shook the traditional couture clientele to its core with youthful silhouettes and styles like the A-line trapeze dress that hung with seeming effortlessness from the shoulders, the antithesis of the pinched waists and molded skirts that had been all the rage after the deprivations of World War II.

After a mandated spell in the torturous French military, Saint Laurent suffered a nervous breakdown and was dismissed by Dior in 1962. Out of the ashes rose the Age of Yves. With Pierre Bergé, his then-lover who became his lifelong business partner and friend, the designer founded Yves Saint Laurent YSL to encompass prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear. In 1966, they opened the first YSL Rive Gauche women’s boutique in Paris, followed soon thereafter by YSL Rive Gauche for men. Saint Laurent had given birth to a global brand.

His revolutionary Mondrian mini dress from 1965 is a core element of his fashion biography. It is a prime example of how Saint Laurent, an avid art lover and collector, looked to painters, from Goya to Picasso, Ingres to Matisse, for inspiration.

With its pure lines and hues, Mondrian’s ground-breaking 1935 color-block painting Composition C transmutes beautifully into a dress that is highly valued by collectors of contemporary fashion and widely copied commercially to this day. The design is the epitome of Saint Laurent’s aesthetic, requiring a meticulous hand piecing of each color block so that, despite the body’s curves, the visual plain is as flat as a canvas when the garment is worn. Mondrian’s purity met its match in Saint Laurent.

In Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection (Assouline, 2020), the Mondrian dress is shown worn on the cover of Paris Vogue, as well as on British Sudanese model Alek Wek in a photographic trifold by Christoph Sillem from 1998. Saint Laurent consistently used Black models, like Mounia, Iman and Naomi Campbell, and he drew endless inspiration from different ethnicities and cultures, in no small part because of his Algerian roots.

Browse an extraordinary collection of Yves Saint Laurent evening dresses, shirts and more today on 1stDibs.