Since my two Vintage Christian Dior Dresses posts which I created back in 2011 when this blog was still starting, was a huge success and actually it still is because it still gives this blog HUGE amount of traffic. So this year, I am going to resume my post about vintage dresses from famous designers in our history. This time, it’s the Vintage Yves Saint Laurent.
Last year, a lot of people especially those who worship Yves Saint Laurent was upset in the new creative director’s, Hedi Slimane, the decision on changing the name and logo by removing the Y (Yves) to Saint Laurent Paris. So now, everything from bags to shoes that has a logo “YSL” and authentic is considered vintage. But the dresses that are featured here are those who are designed by Yves Saint Laurent himself (as far as I know).
But first, who is Yves Saint Laurent?
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent was a French Fashion Designer, and is regarded as one of the greatest names in fashion history. He can be credited with both spurring the couture’s rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable and with having introduced the tuxedo suit for women. He was also known for his use of non-European cultural references and use of ethnic models.
At age of 21 he found himself the head designer of the House of Dior. His spring 1958 collection almost certainly saved the enterprise from financial ruin; the straight line of his creations, a softer version of Dior’s New Look, catapulted him to international stardom with what would later be known as the “trapeze dress.” Others included in the collection were dresses with a narrow shoulder and flared gently at the bottom. At this time he shortened his surname to Saint Laurent because the international press found his hyphenated triple name difficult to spell.
In 1959, still the head designer of Dior, he was also chosen by Farah Diba (former Empress Consort of Iran) to design her wedding dress for her marriage to the Shah of Iran.
Anyway, if you had read some reviews of Hedi Slimae’s debut collection for Saint Laurent Paris, you may had read that “Hedi Slimae’s collection was a copy of vintage YSL in the 70’s” Below, you may know why. These are not just Vintage Yves Saint Laurent dresses but also coats, pantsuit, and even ensembles of bow tie blouses and pants, while some are even Yves Saint Laurent’s designs for Dior!
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