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Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Collection

Yves Saint Laurent is that most classic and revered of design institutions: a Paris fashion house, but it is built on the work of one of the greatest and yet rebellious couturiers France has ever seen.  The Open for Vintage Yves Saint Laurent collection celebrates this unique pioneer with pieces marking the history of his career.

Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent was born in 1936 in Oran in Algeria and spent a childhood creating paper dolls and designs for his mother and sisters.  1953 his sketches won first place in a competition for young designers and the awards ceremony brought him to Paris and to the attention of Michel de Brunhoff, the then editor-in-chief of French Vogue magazine.  Brunhoff encouraged the 17 year old Saint Laurent to apply to study at the Paris based Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.  It was after completing this course and again winning the young designers competition again that Brunhoff saw more sketches from the budding designer.  In these sketches Brunhoff recognised the talent and, more significantly, a symbiosis with the work of Christian Dior which he had seen that very morning.  One introduction later and Saint Laurent entered the House of Dior.  Gradually Dior allowed Saint Laurent to design for the couture collections.  He said of Dior: 

‘I couldn't speak in front of him. He taught me the basis of my art. Whatever was to happen next, I never forgot the years I spent at by his side.’ 

Dior seems to have been equally enamoured with his protégé, naming him as his successor in 1957 before his sudden death.  At the age of 21 therefore, Saint Laurent found himself the head of the most revered and respected fashion house in Paris.  He did not disappoint with his first collection, the ‘Ligne Trapéze’ a resounding success.  However, it was after leaving Dior with a stint in National Service that, with his own label: Yves Saint Laurent YSL, made his true mark. 

During his almost 50 year career, Yves Saint Laurent changed not only how women wear clothes, but also, how they buy them.  The 1960s was a time when the youth rose and cultures and tastes opposed, blended and created a freedom in style and taste never previously encountered.  A young designer, Saint Laurent was not only connected to but was an integral part of youth taste and interests.  Unlike the grand couture houses, he was free to draw on his great loves for his designs during the 1960s and 1970s.  Most famously, he looked to Pop Art, Op Art, Piet Mondrian, Picasso and non-European cultures such as Africa and China to inspire his collections.  Most celebrated and influential were the ‘Mondrian’ dresses from his Winter 1965 which spawned a huge following in the mass market with its block colour and simple shape.  It was during the 1960’s that he became the first couture house to create an entire pret-a-porter collection in 1966 which made his clothes accessible to many for the first time.  It is often these Rive Gauche collections which are now prized as much as his haute couture work. 

Yves Saint Laurent not only understood culture but also how women wanted to look and feel in their clothes.  In the 1966 he created the iconic ‘Le Smoking’ trouser suit.  It is still revered as a turning point in women’s fashion and was hugely influential on the sleek aesthetic of the 1970s to follow and contrasted perfectly with the femininity of his sheer dresses and blouses of the late 1960s.  It also anticipated his infamous ‘Liberation’ collection of 1971 which looked back to the 1940's style of war time collaborators and drew heavily on the structured shapes and shoulder of this decade.  Though reviled by critics at the time it is now widely applauded and seen as an anticipation of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s inspired 1970’s style.   Through the 1970s, Yves Saint Laurent continued to produce Rive Gauche collections of rich colour, opulent embellishment and ruthless tailoring.  His Russian inspired collection of 1976 was admired at the time with capes, short frogged jackets and full peasant skirts.  Today, we can see his vision through the Yves Saint Laurent vintage womenswear and accessories pieces in the Open for Vintage Collection. With everything from vintage Rive Gauche dresses and ensembles to vintage YSL bags, vintage YSL sunglasses, vintage YSL belts, you can find your piece from the legacy, small or great.

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2010 Yves Saint Laurent black dress

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,

Yves Saint Laurent Silk Black Jacket

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : D 24.41 in. ,

Yves Saint Laurent multicolour cotton men jacket

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers ,Colour : Multi ,Gender : Female ,specification : Multi, , ,

Yves Saint Laurent Green Jacket

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,specification : Green, , ,

Yves Saint Laurent Variation Green Jacket

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,specification : Green, , ,Size : D 21.66 in. ,

Yves Saint Laurent Variatio Red Wool Jacket

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, , ,Size : D 22.45 in. ,

Yves Saint Laurent White Cotton Chevron Pattern Short Sleeves Blazer

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers ,Colour : White ,Gender : Female ,specification : White, , New or Never Worn. With the original tag on. . ,

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Red Sheath Dress

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, Silk, Good. ,

Yves Saint Laurent Gold-Plated And Colourful Gripoix Long Dangling Earrings - 1980's

Style Keyword : Earrings ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, Gold-Plated Metal; Gripoix (poured glass), ,

Yves Saint Laurent Long Gold-Plated YSL Dangling Earrings - 1980's

Style Keyword : Earrings ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, Gold-Plated Metal, ,

Yves Saint Laurent Faux Coral Gilded Modernist Ring - 1990's

Style Keyword : Rings ,Style : Modern ,Colour : Orange ,Gender : Female ,specification : Orange, Gilt Base Metal; Resin, ,Size : 7 (US) / O (UK) ,

Yves Saint Laurent Runway Look Gold-Plated Snake Choker Necklace - 1992

Style Keyword : Necklaces ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, Gold-Plated Base Metal, ,

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Navy & White Bolero Jacket Size 12

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers ,Colour : Blue ,Gender : Female ,specification : Blue, , ,Size : The French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is one of the most esteemed fashion designers of all time.  His 45 year career began with taking over the house of Christian Dior in 1957 at the tender age of 21 before launching his own label in 1962.  From Mondrian inspired shift dresses to 1940's inspired Palazzo trouser suits evoking the days of the Nazi Occupation, his daring approach to fashion informed by social and political themes both shocked and delighted the fashion world.  He opened his ready-to-wear boutique Rive Gauche in 1966 and throughout his career was responsible for pioneering groundbreaking looks such as safari for men and women, Le Smoking tuxedo suits for women and reviving silhouettes from the 1920s, '30s and '40s.  Yves Saint Laurent's muses include the Somali model Iman, Catherine Deneuve and the French model and actress Laetitia Casta. All Circa Vintage clothes range from very good to pristine condition.  If you require more detailed info on this item, please do not hesitate to contact us at or call us on +44 (0)20 7736 5038. CONDITION CHART: Pristine In unworn original condition, no imperfections. Excellent May have one or two minor flaws as listed in the 'very good' category below, virtually invisible to the eye. Very good May have two or three of the following minor imperfections, virtually invisible to the eye - age related marks, pulls, small stains, oxidation or cleaning related marks, pulled threads, fraying, small holes, tears or slight fading to the fabric. ,

1980s YSL Strapless Black Dress with Bow Details Size 8

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : Bust Waist  Length (from top bust)   84cm/ 33" 68cm/ 27"  130cm/ 51.5" ,

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Necklace

Style Keyword : Necklaces ,Colour : Silver ,Gender : Female ,specification : Silver, , ,Size : Length  Width  Stone Length  42cm/ 16.5  1.5cm/ 0.6"  2cm/ 0.8" ,

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian Style Glass Bracelet

Style Keyword : Bracelets ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Red Cotton Bell Sleeve Blouse With Puff Shoulder Detail UK Size 8-10

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, , ,Size : BUST : 32 in. (81 cm) WAIST : 26 in. (66 cm) LENGTH : 22 in. (56 cm) ,

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Blue and Gold Thread Checked High Necked Blouse UK Size 6

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) ,Colour : Blue ,Gender : Female ,specification : Blue, , ,Size : BUST : 34 in. (86 cm) WAIST : 34 in. (86 cm) LENGTH : 25 in. (64 cm) ,

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Mint Red Sunglasses Mod Nemesis 56Mm 506

Material : Plastic
Condition : A+ :Mint Condition! Mint Item. Never Worn Or Used
Colour : Brown
specification : , Plastic, A+ :Mint Condition! Mint Item. Never Worn Or Used
Size : see description

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Silk & Wool Checkered Blazer Size 36

Material : Silk
Condition : Used
specification : , Silk, Used

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Black Wool Skirt Suit Size

Material : Wool
Condition : B :Good Condition - Some Light Wear Of Use
specification : , Wool, B :Good Condition - Some Light Wear Of Use

Yves Saint Laurent Variation Vintage Black Velvet Cocoon Evening Coat Ay

Style Keyword : Dresses
Gender : Female
specification : Black, -, B :Good Condition - Some Light Wear Of Use

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage White Cotton Button Down Shirt Short Sleeve

Style Keyword : Dresses
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, Cotton, B :Good Condition - Some Light Wear Of Use

Yves Saint Laurent Ivory Wool Embroidered Cardigan Size S

Style Keyword : Knitwear
Gender : Female
specification : Black, Wool, C :Fair Condition - Well Used, With Noticeable Defects

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