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Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

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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S/S 2000 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Black Bandeau Low Rise Shorts Bikini
By Alber Elbaz for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2000 Yves Saint Laurent Runway- the runway set had a belt this set does not Please contact us for more images and/or information. CONDITION: Excellent- possibly unwor...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

Saint Laurent Star Print Deep V Neck One Piece Halter Swimsuit Black White Red
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent black one piece halter swimming suit with red and white star print throughout. Flattering high cut legs and low cut back. Small metal YSL logo at hip. 82% polyam...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

Unworn S/S 2004 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Plunging Black Swimsuit
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2004 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Unworn/Pristine! FABRIC: Nylon & Spandex COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Ivory Stretch Bustier Panty Bikini Set
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: Circa S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- Overall the set looks unworn FABRIC: Nylon & Spandex C...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Pearl Bustier Bikini Lingerie Set S
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford- comes with removable straps- bottom is ultra low rise Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- this se...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Size 8 Plunging Halter One Piece 80s Bodysuit Swimsuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy vintage early 80s YVES SAINT LAURENT YSL for Saks 5th Avenue plunging halter one piece bodysuit or swimsuit ! Swimsuit is a black lycra with color block stripes of purple, neon ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Hot Pink Fuchsia and Black Swimsuit Bodysuit, 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT (YSL) hot pink and black color blocked one piece halter swimsuit or bodysuit! Plunging neckline, with an insanely sexy high cut leg. Features a unique...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

Unworn S/S 2000 Yves Saint Laurent Plunging Strapless Black Swimsuit Swimwear
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2000 Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Unworn- pristine! COUNTRY MADE: France FABRIC: Polyester & Spandex SIZE: M M...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

Yves Saint Laurent Size 12 / 14 Vintage Sexy Hot Pink + Black One Piece Swimsuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT hot pink and black plunging halter one piece swimsuit or bodysuit! Features a flattering ruched bodice with a plunging neckline. Plastic clasp at top ...
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Late 20th Century Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Ivory + Gold Vintage 80s One Piece Swimsuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and classic early 1980s YVES SAINT LAURENT ivory / off-white and gold seashell print one piece halter swimsuit / bodysuit! Features a flattering ruched waist that hides any...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Size 14 Black / Gold One Piece Halter Swimsuit Bodysuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy vintage early 80s YVES SAINT LAURENT black and gold convertible halter strap one piece swimsuit or bodysuit ! Features a black body with black and gold speckled mesh overlay at ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

New Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Polka Dot Purple Red One Piece Swimsuit Bodysuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy new YVES SAINT LAURENT purple and red leopard print and polka dot one piece swimsuit or bodysuit! Features a leopard print on the bodice and abstract polka dots on the bottom. T...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

New Yves Saint Laurent YSL Plunging Open Back Metallic Wet Look Black Swimsuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Fort Myers, FL
New Yves Saint Laurent YSL Plunging Open Back Metallic Wet Look Black One-Piece Swimsuit Yves Saint Laurent one-piece metallic black swimsuit featuring plunging neckline and open b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

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Unworn FW 2000 Yves Saint Laurent Shiny Black Plunging Backless Bow Bodysuit Top
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By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
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S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Ivory Stretch Bustier Panty Bikini Set
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: Circa S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- Overall the set looks unworn FABRIC: Nylon & Spandex C...
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S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford Pearl Bustier Bikini Lingerie Set S
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford- comes with removable straps- bottom is ultra low rise Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- this se...
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NWT S/S 2000 Dolce & Gabbana Plunging Brown Swimsuit w Gold Chain Belt
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: Circa S/S 2000 Dolce & Gabbana Please contact us for more images and/or information. CONDITION: Good- this is unworn with tags but there are a few spots on the gold chain...
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S/S 2003 Christian Dior John Galliano Runway Plunging Black Backless Swimsuit
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Yukon, OK
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C. 2003 Christian Dior John Galliano Pin-Up Burgundy Ruffles Bikini Swimwear
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: Circa 2003 Christian Dior by John Galliano Please contact us for more images and/or information. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: Nylon & Spandex COUNTRY: France SIZE...
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Vintage 1991 Dolce & Gabbana Black Pin-Up High Waist Corset Ties Bikini
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: Circa 1991 Dolce & Gabbana Please contact us for more images or information CONDITION: Good- no flaws! FABRIC: Nylon & Spandex COUNTRY: Italy SIZE: 42 MEASUREMENTS; p...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

S/S 2003 Dolce & Gabbana Runway Black Plunging Sideless Strappy Swimsuit
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 2003 Dolce & Gabbana Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Excellent- possibly unworn FABRIC: Nylon & Spandex COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: Siz...
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S/S 2000 Gianni Versace Runway Black Cut-Out Gold Charm Swimsuit
By Donatella Versace for Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
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NWT S/S 1991 Gianni Versace Black Grecian Plunging Bodysuit Swimsuit 40
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 1991 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: new with tags FABRIC: Nylon & Spandex COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: 40 MEASUREMENTS;...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

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YSL YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Multicolor Pareo in Cotton
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
To wear on your head or as a Pareo! Very nice YSL YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage pareo. This vintage beach accessory features a floral print with a red border. It can also be used as a f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

Yves Saint Laurent Red Swimsuit Jacket Short 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Brindisi, Bt
Yves Saint Lauren Maillots de Bains vintage 70s swimsuit. Red men's swim suit. Jacket and shorts, 100% polyamide fabric. Inside of the terry jacket with printed logo. Zip closure, po...
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S/S 2007 Yves Saint Laurent Pin-Up Gingham Black & White Cut-Out Swimsuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Gold Black Strapless Logo Swimsuit Bodysuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Diego, CA
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black and Gold Snake One Piece YSL Swimsuit Bodysuit
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Yves Saint Laurent Chevron Towel Cover-Up
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Be the ultimate vintage queen by your poolside with this eye-catching cover-up! Circa 1970s, this YSL poolside cover-up is made of terry cloth fabric. On top of the grape purple over...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

Yves Saint Laurent Geometric Tribal Lily Pad Grey Black Swim Suit, 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 1980s swimming suit with a grey and black pattern throughout and orange and blue pattern trim at top. Two strings at top tie in halter style around the neck. Lined...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

1990's Yves Saint Laurent Ivory & Gold Plunging V Bodysuit Swimsuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 1990's Yves Saint Laurent Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no holes or stains FABRIC: Nylon/Spandex COUNTRY MADE: Canada SIZE: vinta...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Heart Shape Red + Black 80s One Piece Swimsuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Diego, CA
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Swimwear

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By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
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Yves Saint Laurent swimwear for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Yves Saint Laurent swimwear. 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, pink and other tones. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Christian Dior, Gianni Versace and Bill Blass appealing. Find designer, vintage and haute couture Yves Saint Laurent swimwear from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $365 and tops out at $9,400, while the average work can sell for $895.