Fall 1986 Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Print Velvet Sweetheart Neckline Dress For Sale
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Fall 1986 Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Print Velvet Sweetheart Neckline Dress

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Yves did a series of these silk velvet dresses for the fall of 1986. I have included a photo of Yves with Catherine Deneuve in a predecessor to this collection from 1985 and you can see the evolution of the printed velvet from that. It is the distinctive leopard feeling print creating by changing the direction of the velvet's pile that gives these dresses their unique feel. This gorgeous dress mixes a solid black velvet with that printed velvet treatment. The patterned portions of the velvet are done in a way that suggests a leopard print and this particular fabric was one of the hallmarks of that season's collection. Here, Yves combines the solid black velvet with the printed version effortlessly and uses the mix to highlight the lines of the dress. The bodice is done in a solid black and has a curving, shaped sweetheart neckline, inset and shaped. It curves in at the waist and then extends to just over the top of the hips. This gives it a corseted effect that is wonderful on the body. Its original. matching velvet tie adds extra shape and a pretty detailing to the line of the natural waist. The sleeves are done in the the printed velvet and are full and poufed. Each is cut to just past the elbow and when on a real girl they have far more volume then how they display on the dress form. The skirt is made of the same printed velvet as the sleeves are and it falls to the floor from under the extended bodice in a pretty sweep of fabric. Soft gathers around that lowered final seam of the bodice give it volume that is more apparent as you move. As with many of Yves' pieces, showing them on a dress form really does them little justice. This is cut to work on a real girl's figure and is so much better on the body. It was also a touch too small on my mannequin and will do up at the back completely on the right sized girl. Excellent condition The bodice is lined in a black hand set silk and the skirt is interfaced with a black silk chiffon. It closed with a back zipper. Each sleeve has elastic as its cuff and each shoulder has light padding. Original, matching printed velvet tie belt is present. It appears to have never been worn, or worn very little. Tagged a vintage YSL 34. There is about 2.5 inches turned up under the hem if you needed more length Sleeves: 22" Shoulders: 14" Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: 16.5" across lowest seam at very top of hips, open under that Bodice: 14.5" from neck to waist, 4.5 from waist to lowest seam at very top of hips Skirt: 39" from waist seam to hem including the 4.5"velvet portion under the waist seam Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML Reference photo: Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent, 1985 This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

Details

  • Designer
    Yves Saint Laurent
  • Brand
    Yves Saint Laurent
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Bust
    16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Waist
    12.5 in. (31.75 cm)
  • Hip
    16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    63.5 in. (161.29 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Rockwood, CA
  • Seller Reference Number
    Item# DD3163
  • Reference Number
    LU1286495072
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