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Saint Laurent Blue Polka Dot Off Shoulder Silk Dress YSL 1970s


A fashion superstar, YSL dominated the runway in the 1970’s with his relaxed bohemian chic aesthetic. Though celebrated for his haute couture, Laurent’s Rive Gauche ready- to-wear line was the first success of its kind in France, and was eventually recognized as one of his most creative endeavors. Among various influences and inspirations, pop-art stylings frequented many YSL designs in the 70’s, including his LOVE greeting cards which he would send to friends and collaborators. His affinity for eccentric prints and quirky color combinations ensured a jovial mood to his garments, with polka dots often making an appearance.

From the 1970’s, this fabulous Rive Gauche midi-dress is quintessential YSL at its best. Done in a magnificently draped silk featuring a print of small white, green, cerulean, and magenta polka dots on a navy-blue ground, this dress has loads of fabric and moves beautifully with the wearer.

The bodice has a wide, elasticized band at the neckline, and can be worn gently up on the shoulder or pulled down at the sides. The generous sheer blouson sleeves reach the wrist in elasticized ruffled cuffs, mirroring the neckline while introducing another element of femininity and grace.

Narrow French seams run the interior length of the sleeves, making the seam allowance barely visible through the semi-transparency of the chiffon. The dress may be worn as is or fitted at the waist with an accompanying and entirely separate belt of the same fabric, making it even more versatile.

Size estimate: Medium

Size 38 FR

Sleeves: 24 inches

Bust: 34-38 inches

Waist and hips: full

Length: 47 front, 60 inches back

The dress falls to a midi-length from the shoulder, the high-low ruffled hem reaching several inches below the knees at the front, and all the way to the floor in a point at the back. The lining of the dress does not extend past the knees, making the wide, ruffled tier of the hem somewhat sheer. Airy and effortlessly chic, this charming dress is the perfect choice for a special occasion.

This YSL dress is lined at the body in navy blue silk and slips on over the head for easy wear. In excellent condition, this vintage dress has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. 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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