This is a rare and collectible iridescent olive green silk taffeta two-piece gown by Yves Saint Laurent from 1978. This Rive Gauche version would have been based on that Haute Couture gowns from the late seventies collection. The ensemble comprises of a tiered and flounced high waisted full length skirt that is 18 cm – 7" longer in the back. The skirt is full and yet light and has an incredible amount of fabric. The waist is cinched with a wide, attached sash in matching fabric that ties around the waist and is original to the set. The skirt has two side pockets, is unlined and closes with a side painted metal zipper. Tagged a French vintage size 40.
The blouse has a flounced collar edging and each cuff is also finished with a similar treatment. The sleeves feature gathered shoulders. I have included a photo (picture 9) of how the inner shoulder is constructed – additionally to a small shoulder pad there is a gathered pleated panel of fabric along the inner edge that gives a lift to the shoulder for a light take on a Victorian feel. The blouse closes with a hidden button at the neckline and two snap buttons at the waist. Tagged a French vintage size 40.
The set is also very versatile since it is separates and the pieces can be worn together and presents as a gown, or you may pair them up with other pieces in your wardrobe.
Yves Saint Laurent was born in 1936 in Oran, Algeria and began his career as an assistant of Christian Dior. When Dior died in 1957, he became the artistic director. In 1962 he opened his own fashion house, and in 1966, he created his ready-to-wear line Rive Gauche. By the 1980s, Yves Saint Laurent was a true icon. He was the first living designer to receive a solo exhibition in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983. He died in 2008.
Excellent vintage condition. Tiny surface scuffs to the fabric here and there but nothing that stands out as a large flaw. One pulled thread on the left sleeve. All visible under close inspection only. No perspiration staining.
Shoulders: 40 cm – 15.7" (seam to seam)
Bust: 100 cm – 39.4"
Waist: 94 cm – 37"
Sleeve length: 56 cm – 22"
Length: 68 cm – 26.8" (center front), 73,5 cm – 26.8" (back)
Waist: 71 cm – 28"
Length: 111 cm – 43.7" (from waist band to the shortest part of front hem), 129 cm – 50.8" (to the back hem)
Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust and waist.
Approximate Modern Size: S-M
Reference Photo Credits: 1977 Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche ensemble. 1971-72 Yves Saint Laurent dresses. Both images found on Pinterest.