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Yves Saint Laurent Russian Collection Quilted Trench Coat YSL 1976
In 1959, Yves Saint Laurent was one of the first western couture designers to showcase a collection in the then Soviet Union while working as the creative director for the house of Dior. While there, Saint Laurent became enthralled with the culture and scenery. Glints of this Russian inspiration appeared slightly throughout his work only to be fully tapped in his 1976 so-called Russian Collection.
While the runway iterations donned piping and corduroy fabric, this Rive Gauche diffusion trench coat done in an olive quilted cotton fabric. It bears a column silhouette with a belt to define the waist and wide-cuffed sleeves that are set into flanges at the shoulder. A Mandarin collar and two rounded, chunky pockets at the hip complete the look.
Size estimate: Small
Shoulders: 16.5 inches
Sleeves: 24 inches
Bust: 36 inches
Waist: 32 inches
Length: 45 inches
The small details of this coat boast of fashion and function. At centre front the jacket is closes with six large, leather covered buttons. Slits are added to the hem of both sides to accommodate ease while walking. The coat is I fully lined and in very good condition with only milt wear to the buttons. 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.