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Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

French, 1936-2008

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.

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Saint Laurent Pink Cashmere Medium Size
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
SAINT LAURENT RIVE GAUCHE, Made in Hawick / Scotland, circa 80. Cosy pink cashmere cardigan with twisted edges. 100% Pure cashmere Made in Hawick / Scotland. Good condition. Medium...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Sweater Pullover Top in Black Wool W/ Blue Trim
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a wonderful vintage sweater from Yves Saint Laurent in black wool knit with pretty blue trim. There are buttons on the shoulders, faux front pockets and side slits. Labeled ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

1970's Yves Saint Laurent Crocheted Sweater with Feather Collar and Cuffs
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New Hope, PA
Beige and brown yarn is used to create an interesting pattern for this 1970's crocheted sweater from Yves Saint Laurent.  The sweater has a V shaped neckline and seven buttons at the...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent Three in one cropped cardigan Sweater
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Yves Saint Laurent three in one cropped cardigan sweater. The outer sweater is black, with a v neck front, long sleeves and small front pockets. Ribbed hem and cuffs. The tan layer i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

1990's Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Tartan Knitted Tunic Dress Orange Pink Gold
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche vintage, Made in France, circa 90's. Amazing large knit sweater made of wool and lurex in red, pink, orange, gold and black threads with fringes finish...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

1990s Yves Saint Laurent Black White Plaid Vest YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
YSL never shied away from using masculine silhouettes in clean, tailored forms for his womenswear. Many of his collections featured items such as suiting, leather jackets, and trouse...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

YVES SAINT LAURENT c.1980's Rive Gauche Dark Gray Beaded Silk Cashmere Knit YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Thiensville, WI
YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche Dark Gray Bead Embellished Silk Cashmere Button Front Cardigan Sweater Circa: 1980’s Label(s): Yves Saint Laurent / Rive Gauche Style: Cardigan Colo...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent 1960s Long Cardigan
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Timeless YSL long cardigan circa 1960s! Features a long sleeves, two large side pockets and a single button closure. Chic and versatile, this cardigan is perfect to wear with tights ...
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1960s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

YVES SAINT LAURENT knit cardigan
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Unique wool cardigan sweater from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1980's. French size 38. Fits a size 4-6. Bust measures 36", shoulders 15", waist 32", arm length 22", and overall ...
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Late 20th Century Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent Runway Wool Sweater & Scarf, Fall-Winter 1982-1983
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Geneva, CH
Woven with a colourful pattern for a bold graphic look, this FW1982-1983 YSL runway (see picture 10) sweater and matching scarf will be perfect for the Fall season. Made from wool, t...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent brown wool sweater with matching large scarf, c. 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent - Knitted brown sweater in a camo print with matching large scarf - Ribbed cuffs and collar
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Wool and Snakeskin Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Dark grey and black wool textured jacket with black snakeskin inserts, an amazing piece by Yves Saint Laurent . Featuring a Peter Pan collar, front zip fastening, long sleeves, fitte...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Navy Blue White Striped Cardigan Sweater
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a great navy blue and white striped cardigan by Yves Saint Laurent. This soft wool/acrylic/cotton blend sweater has a V neck and was originally purchased at I Magnin in the ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Metallic Knitted Jumper
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A 1970s wool and metallic yarn knit jumper by Yves Saint Laurent in a khaki brown tone with accents of black. It almost looks a bit camouflage until you note the fine pastel hued met...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Purple Black Gold Knit Wrap Sweater Top/ Shirt
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Sparks, NV
Vintage 1970s Yves Saint Laurent knit wrap sweater in purple, black and metallic gold. Unlined with side tie closure. Fits like a modern size small. The bust measures 29-35" (unstret...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Wool V Neck Jumper.
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage jumper by Yves Saint Laurent. In a pretty biscuit colour the jumper has ribbon detail on the shoulder, interesting detail on the seams and YSL cut out on the front. 1...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent "Homme" vintage 80s unworn with tag signed wool sweater
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent "Homme" merino wool mix red wine color sweater. size 4 Measurements taken flat: Sh to sh 21inch/53cm - Ua to Ua 24inch/61cm(x2) - Waist 23inch/58cm (x2) - ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Tom Ford For Yves Saint Laurent Reptile Snake Print Lightweight Wool Top / Vest
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Diego, CA
Iconic TOM FORD for YVES SAINT LAURENT snakeskin print sleeveless top / sweater vest! Softest lightweight wool, that not only feels luxurious against the skin, but also looks amazing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent Burnt Orange Cotton Silk Cardigan L
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Yves Saint Laurent delights us with this wonderful cardigan. It is knit from a smooth cotton and silk blend and styled in a red hue with front buttons and long sleeves. The cardigan ...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent Green Wool Tunic / Mini Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A fun tunic/mini dress for Fall, by Yves Saint Laurent , Variation. In a green wool, the tunic /dress has ribbed detail and an attractive flared hemline. Size 38 , Bust up to 39/40'...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Knitted Tunic/Mini Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A fun vintage mini dress/tunic by Yves Saint Laurent, Variation. The dress has attractive rib detail and a flared hem. Size 38 Measurements Bust up to 39'', length 31''.
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent Brown Silk & Cashmere blend Cardigan - Size S
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Brown Silk & Cashmere blend Cardigan -Luxurious soft silk and cashmere texture -Lightweight comfortable knit -Classic timeless style -Neutral brown hue for eas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Runway Sweater in Black and White Wool Tweed
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is an authenticated Yves Saint Laurent black and white tweed sweater that was featured on the runway in 2011. The sweater has the Yves Saint Laurent care label but the original ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Rust-Colored Top
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Yves Saint Laurent top in rust-colored synthetic stretch fabric, wide round neckline and long sleeves; slim fit. Year: 70s Made in France Size: 38 FR Linear measures Height: 57 c...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Saint Laurent Beaded Sweater
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Perfect condition NWT Size XS Still have the tags Retail price $3490 100% Wool Made in Italy
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent Cashmere Camel Geometric Paint Print Cardigan Sweater
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent cashmere button front cardigan with a geometric painted design at front with yarn-stitched accents. 100% cashmere. Made in Italy. Size S. Bust 33". Waist 22" s...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Brown Openwork Knit Pullover Sweater Top, 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Munich, DE
Charming Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche vintage sweater in cinnamon-coloured openwork viscose knit from the 1980s. Fitted style with short sleeves and unlined with no closure (pulls ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent Black Sequin Knit Sweater - M/L - Circa 90's
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Yves Saint Laurent Black Sequin Knit Sweater - M/L - Circa 90's This beautiful and elegant black wool knit sweater is in excellent vintage condition. The sweater has a round necklin...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

A vintage 2000 navy Silk Mix tank top/vest by Yves Saint Laurent
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A chic top by Yves Saint Laurent. The top is in a silk mix, 53% silk, 42% cotton and 5% cashmere, an ideal weight for summer. In a navy blue ribbed knit with green trim this is a ch...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

YVES SAINT LAURENT c.1980's Chinese Dragon Crewneck Sweater YSL Rare
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent c.1980's black / blue 100% wool knitwear Chinese dragon design sweater. Black and blue double knit. Long sleeves. Scoop neckline. Rib-knit collar, cuffs, a...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Plaid Woollen Cardian Jacket With Suede Fringing
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A winter wool cardigan jacket by Yves Saint Laurent from the 1970s. The jacket is in a plaid pattern and has black suede fringing throughout. Fr 40 Condition: Overall great vi...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

YSL 1960's Vintage Lavender & Charcoal Grey Cardigan - 38
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
YSL 1960's Vintage Lavender & Charcoal Grey Cardigan - 38. This sweater is in very good vintage condition with wear consistent with age. This knitted cardigan is wool and has 2 pocke...
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1960s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Colorblock Knit Top
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Oakland, CA
Vibrant vintage YSL Rive Gauche knit top. Light weight knit sweater. Features 4 button closure, elbow sleeve. Side vents. Slightly stretchy. Lovely drape on the body.
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sweaters

Yves Saint Laurent sweaters for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Yves Saint Laurent sweaters. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of purple, red, pink and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Loro Piana, Comme des Garçons and Valentino appealing. Yves Saint Laurent sweaters from top boutiques around the world are on sale on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $165 and tops out at $3,693, while the average work can sell for $450.