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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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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Logo Bijou Necklace

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Logo Bijou Necklace Colour : Gold
specification : Gold, , B grade : The metal is faded.
$356.19

Yves Saint Laurent Embossed Leather 2WAY Hand Bag

Yves Saint Laurent Embossed Leather 2WAY Hand Bag Colour : Beige
specification : Beige, ,
$543.19

Yves Saint Laurent Embossed Leather Diamond Cut Hand Bag

Yves Saint Laurent Embossed Leather Diamond Cut Hand Bag Colour : Black
specification : Black, ,
$311.67

2010 Yves Saint Laurent black dress

Gender : Female
specification : Black, ,
Size : Width: None, Length:None
$575.62

Yves Saint Laurent Silk Black Jacket

Style Keyword : Suits & Tailoring
Gender : Female
specification : Black, ,
Size : Width: None, Length:24.41 in. (62 cm)
$662.85

Yves Saint Laurent cotton black stars t-shirt

Style Keyword : Dresses
Gender : Female
specification : Black, ,
Size : Width: None, Length:None
$627.98

Yves Saint Laurent brown suede boots

Condition : New or Never Worn
Colour : Brown
specification : Brown, New or Never Worn
Decade : 21st Century
Size : Width: None, Length:None
$802.41

Yves Saint Laurent multicolour cotton men jacket

Style Keyword : Suits & Tailoring
Gender : Female
specification : Multi, ,
Size : Width: None, Length:None
$313.98

Yves Saint Laurent Green Jacket

Style Keyword : Suits & Tailoring
Gender : Female
specification : Green, ,
Size : Width: None, Length:None
$767.52

Yves Saint Laurent chemises Pink Shirt

Style Keyword : Dresses
Gender : Female
specification : Pink, ,
Size : Width: None, Length:None
$594.82

Yves Saint Laurent Variation Green Jacket

Style Keyword : Suits & Tailoring
Gender : Female
specification : Green, ,
Size : Width: None, Length:21.65 in. (55 cm)
$1,203.60

Yves Saint Laurent Variatio Red Wool Jacket

Style Keyword : Suits & Tailoring
Gender : Female
specification : Red, ,
Size : Width: None, Length:22.44 in. (57 cm)
$732.63

Yves Saint Laurent White Cotton Chevron Pattern Short Sleeves Blazer

Style Keyword : Coats & Jackets
Gender : Female
specification : White, , New or Never Worn. With the original tag on. .
Size : Width: None, Length:None
$932.47

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Red Sheath Dress

Gender : Female
specification : Red, Silk, Good
Size : Width: None, Length:None
$541.66

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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Gold-Plated Gripoix Dangling Clip-on Earrings. Material : Gold-Plated Metal; Gripoix (poured glass)
specification : Gold, Gold-Plated Metal; Gripoix (poured glass), Excellent
$623.33

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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Dangling Clip-On Earrings. Material : Gold-Plated Metal
specification : Gold, Gold-Plated Metal, Excellent
$712.38

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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Chunky Modernist Ring. Style : Modern
Material : Gilt Base Metal; Resin
Colour : Coral
specification : Coral, Gilt Base Metal; Resin, Excellent
Size : 7 (US) / O (UK)
$391.81

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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Gold-Plated Snake Choker Necklace. Material : Gold-Plated Base Metal
specification : Gold, Gold-Plated Base Metal, Excellent
$979.52

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

This fabulous 1980's 100% cotton Yves Saint Laurent cropped bolero jacket is made in France and marked as a French size 40. Bust (inches) : 94cm/37"
Colour : Navy
specification : Navy, Cotton,
Size : Size 12, Bust: 94cm/37" Lengtrh: 43cm/17" Sleeve: 58cm/23"
$463.05

1970s YSL Blue Taffeta Skirt and Top Set Size 10

Mid 1970s blue taffeta skirt and top set with ruffle edging  by Yves Saint Laurent. Bust (inches) : 90cm/ 35"
Waist (inches) : 68cm/ 27"
Length (inches) : 104cm/ 41"
Colour : Blue
specification : Blue, , Excellent
Size : Size 10, Bust: 90cm/ 35" Waist: 68cm/ 27" Top length: 64cm/ 25" Skirt Length: 104cm/ 41"
$845.95

1980s YSL Strapless Black Dress with Bow Details Size 8

Stunning vintage 1980s Yves Saint Laurent black strapless dress with gathered spotty net bodice and full length silk skirt. specification : Black, , Excellent
Size : Size 8, Bust Waist  Length (from top bust)   84cm/ 33" 68cm/ 27"  130cm/ 51.5"
$1,593.95

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Necklace

Simple yet elegant vintage 1980s necklace from Yves Saint Laurent. specification : , Silver, Excellent
Size : Length  Width  Stone Length  42cm/ 16.5  1.5cm/ 0.6"  2cm/ 0.8"
$436.33

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian Style Glass Bracelet

Fabulous vintage Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian style cuff bracelet made up of yellow, red and black glass sections backed on silver tone metal and hinged together. specification : , Silver, Excellent
$525.38

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