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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Russian Collection Jacket Black Satin Gold Trim


“It may not be the best, but it’s certainly the most beautiful,” Yves Saint Laurent is remembered as saying of his 1976 fall/winter haute couture show. But it’s apparent that for his love letter to Russia, nothing but the best—and the most beautiful—would do. Take this jacket from this period, for instance. It is resplendent in black silk satin, which is then quilted with gold thread to create a Byzantine-inspired pattern that is utter opulence.

A gold-and-black braided trim and gold-and-faux onyx buttons heighten that lavishness, while a narrow waist and puffed sleeves lend it a regal air. In flawless condition, this exquisite piece from one of the French designer’s most lauded inspirations is truly a collector’s item that is as easy to cherish now as it was nearly four decades ago.


Jacket length: 19 inches

Bust: 36 inches

Waist: 36 inches

Sleeve length: 23 inches

This vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche jacket from the 1970s is in excellent condition. It is tailored from black silk satin, which is quilted with gold thread in a Byzantine-inspired pattern. It is finished with gold-and-black braided trim and seven gold-and-faux onyx buttons.

The jacket has a V-neckline, with a front placket that is rounded at the top and bottom. The cropped silhouette fits narrowly at the waist and tapers gradually up and into puffed sleeves. It is fully lined. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.


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