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Yves Saint Laurent

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 Rive Gauche Jacket Wool Vintage Gray

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers Label 1 : Womens > Jackets & Blazers,Womens > Yves Saint Laurent Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Size : Small
CHF 181.57

Black Saint Laurent Studded Suede Ankle Boots

Style Keyword : Boots Earring Type : Stud Label 1 : Shoes > Boots,Shoes > Yves Saint Laurent Style : Revival Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
CHF 544.70

Black & Blue Saint Laurent Star Suede Sneakers

Style Keyword : Pumps Label 1 : Shoes > Pumps,Shoes > Yves Saint Laurent Style : Revival Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
CHF 444.53

Yves Saint Laurent Gold-Plated Quilted Hoop Earrings - 1980's

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, ,
CHF 438.27

Yves Saint Laurent YSL 90s Vintage Gold Plated Cuff Bracelet

Style Keyword : Bracelets Label 1 : Jewellery > Bracelets,Jewellery > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, ,
CHF 400.70

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Circular Chain Belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Yves Saint Laurent Style : Revival Colour : Gold Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, ,
CHF 544.70

Yves Saint Laurent Ribbon Clutch Bag Red

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : S
CHF 519.66

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Necklace Gunmetal Rhinestones

This bold Yves Saint Laurent necklace is made of dark silver grey metal with countless sparkling red rhinestones.
CHF 538.44

YVES SAINT LAURENT c. 1970 Documented Day Dress Size S

A rare and documented Yves Saint Laurent day dress from 1970.
CHF 1 101.93

YVES SAINT LAURENT c. 1970 Vintage Maxi Skirt Peplum Jacket Size XS

A rare Yves Saint Laurent skirt suit from c. 1970 as worn by Raquel Welch.
CHF 1 978.46

YVES SAINT LAURENT 1970s Vintage Russian Collection Belt Size XS-S

A rare Yves Saint Laurent tassel belt from the iconic Russian Collection.
CHF 482.09

YSL Heart Necklace

Style Keyword : Necklaces Label 1 : Jewellery > Necklaces,Jewellery > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, ,
CHF 262.96

Black Saint Laurent Suede Ankle Boots

Style Keyword : Boots Label 1 : Shoes > Boots,Shoes > Yves Saint Laurent Style : Revival Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
CHF 632.36

YVES SAINT LAURENT 1970s Harem Evening Pants As Worn By Loulou de la Falaise Size XS

Rare Yves Saint Laurent harem pants from the late 1970s.
CHF 651.14

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Velvet Evening Jacket Size S

A beautiful Yves Saint Laurent velvet jacket from the late 1970s or early 1980s, instantly recognizable and a beloved classic.
CHF 557.23

YVES SAINT LAURENT c. 1980 Documented Ikat Jacket Size S

A rare and iconic Yves Saint Laurent ikat pattern jacket from 1980.
CHF 726.27

YVES SAINT LAURENT S/S 1990 Vintage Cropped Jacket Size M

This Yves Saint Laurent jacket from Spring/Summer 1990 is an instantly recognizable signature piece.
CHF 763.84

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Quilted Evening Jacket Size XS-S

This glamorous Yves Saint Laurent evening jacket from the 1970s or 1980s is made of a diagonally quilted jacquard fabric in a deep shade of purple with black silk edges.
CHF 651.14

YVES SAINT LAURENT 1970s Vintage Secretary Dress Size S

This rare Yves Saint Laurent day dress from the 1970s is made of a dark blue crêpe with a graphic plaid print in white, red and green.
CHF 563.49

Vintage Red Sunglasses Mod. Arion 52Mm

Style Keyword : Sunglasses Label 1 : Accessories > Sunglasses,Accessories > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Orange, , Size : 52mm
CHF 155.52

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Bronze & Grey Statement Earrings 1980s

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Yves Saint Laurent Style : Contemporary Metal : Bronze Gender : Female Dial Colour : Grey Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
CHF 482.09

Black Yves Saint Laurent Snakeskin Punk Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Yves Saint Laurent Style : Revival Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
CHF 1 421.24

Yves Saint Laurent Studs Design Shoulder Bag Green

Style Keyword : Earrings Earring Type : Stud Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, , Size : H 21cm x W 25cm x D 5cm Shoulder drop 100〜115cm( adjustment holes: 8)
CHF 419.48

Yves Saint Laurent Crocodile Pattern Logo Charm Handbag Dark Brown

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M
CHF 394.44

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