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Basha Gold

Yves Saint Laurent Documented Crepe Musical Note Print Skirt, 1982


When Hedi Slimane took over as creative director of Yves Saint Laurent in 2012, he began reaching back into the house’s archives for inspiration. More often than not, however, he radically reinterpreted the classics to suit his cool-girl take on Parisian high fashion. One of the treasures he left almost untouched was the black-and-white music note print.

For his fall 2016 menswear collection, which included womenswear and debuted at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, he showed it in all its original beauty on a dress worn by model Kiki Willems. In the description accompanying the look, he said its reintroduction was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yves Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche label. Its original appearance, of course, was in the fall/winter 1982 collection.

It was so loved that it became the focal point of the advertising campaign that season. The twisting and twirling notes look playful on crepe, which is what this skirt is designed from. The A-line silhouette has clean lines and a soft drape. Gentle gathers at the front waistline enhance its flattering fit. If you’re seeking a highly collectable piece that can still look relevant today, this skirt is an amazing find.

Size estimate: S/M


Waist: 28 inches

Hips: Up to 38 inches

Length: 30 inches

This vintage Yves Saint Laurent skirt from the fall/winter 1982 collection is in excellent condition. It features a black-and-white music note print on moss crepe. The unlined A-line silhouette falls below the knees. Gentle gathers at the front of the banded waistline lend it a soft drape. There are hidden side pockets, and a side-zip with a hook-and-eye closure. 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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