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Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Silk Leopard Cut Out Maxi Dress YSL, 2002
Tom Ford helmed as creative director of the house of YSL starting in 1999. A departure from YSLs cultural, and plays on feminine aesthetic, Ford redefined femininity through edgier silhouettes and more revealing, sensual designs. Described as one of the most laid-back collections, the YSL S2002 RTW featured a slew of leathers, animal prints, and neutral tones in ensembles from career-wear to swim. From this collection, this dress highlights a low-cut scoop back and a wrapping detail in the front that showcases the body.
A leopard motif is printed on a light, semi-sheer, slightly stretchy silk fabric. The burnt umber, sienna, peach and soft gold tones meld together creating a very sturdy look despite the fluidity of the fabric. Split into several panels, the skirt of the dress has a high-low effect, being slightly raised in the back. The intricate detailing of the dress’ bodice makes it a style for a bold, confident woman. It can be seen on the 2002 runway, as well as in a YSL campaign.
Size estimate: S/M
Bust: 34 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 36 inches
Underneath the dress there is a built-in bodysuit bottom that closes with snaps at the bottom. While the bodice is fitted, there is excess fabric that is intended to be wrapped and styled around the body. In excellent condition, this dress has been professionally 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.