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Yves Saint Laurent Gold Beaded Wheat Linen Jacket, 1980s
An element seen in garments ranging from the original couturier’s, Charles Worth’s gowns to Chanel jewelry, to the modern YSL aesthetic, imagery or references to wheat have a cultural significance in French superstition. Specifically, in reference to the Haute Couture industry, wheat was a symbol of wealth and prosperity. This tradition is quite palpable as French actress Catherine Deneuve attended Saint Laurent’s funeral with a bouquet of wheat in hand.
Made in a fine wheat-copper toned linen, this 1980s YSL jacket is emblematic of the 1980s Yuppie silhouette with an upstart feminine charm. Beading in metallic tones form various ribbon-tied wheat stalk motifs along the fronts of the jacket, sleeves, and over the back. The rounded neckline and buttons are contrasted with the strong, boxy, padded shoulders and vertical lines throughout the torso. The tones of the jacket contrast beautifully. Though the silhouette presents a professional, and pointed appearance, the rich color in combination with the elegant embroidery glamorize the jacket to more of a cordial piece.
Size estimate: M
Shoulders: 17 inches
Sleeves: 22.5 inches
Bust: 38 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Length: 20 inches
Fully lined in a rust fabric, this jacket has a slight fit in the waist and bust, and closes at centre front with six gold shank buttons. It is in excellent condition. 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.