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Yves Saint Laurent Floral Draped One Shoulder Top Skirt Ensemble YSL, 1970s


The late 1970s marked a playful design style for YSL. While several of his couture collections drew inspiration from famed artists, bolder and more casual prints also began to make their debut. From 1979, this sarong-style ensemble is made from a white viscose crepe with a colorful floral print throughout in grass green, cherry red, orange, and pale violet with details of blue.

The asymmetrical top sweeps up from the lower right to a ruched tulip sleeve. The fabric of the skirt is tucked into the left side of the waist creating large swoops that mimic the curvature of the top. Paired together this ensemble expresses a vibrant beachy vibe that balances the soft shapes of the floral print with beautiful geometric exposures of the body.

Worn together or as separates, these vintage pieces are sure to make for a light and lively summer look. In the featured images, a similar style dress can be seen worn by Sayoko Yamaguchi from that season’s runway.

Size estimate: Small

Bust: 32-36 inches


Waist: 24 inches

Hips: 34-36 inches

Length: 37 inches

For the top, the left arm is placed through the sleeve as the fabric is wrapped from back-to-front around the body. The end is looped around the hook-and-eye closure on the sleeve and then secured with a snap. The skirt simply closes with a concealed side zip and a hook and eye.

In very good condition, there are small areas of discoloration on the back of the top and at the hem of the skirt. These areas are not noticeable during wear and are pictured in the last two images. 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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