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Yves Saint Laurent Silk Brocade Jacket Butterfly Skirt Ensemble Runway, 1989


Encompassing his appeal for international inspiration, YSL blended Eurasian styles with his usual bright color combinations during the Fall/Winter 1989 collection. Mr. Saint Laurent's ability to make globally inspired designs by melding several aesthetics into one beautifully articulated garment is a hallmark of the renowned designer. From the 1989 collection, this ensemble is done in a beautifully detailed silk brocade fabric creating a motif of whimsical butterflies and florals in vibrant colors of orange, yellow-green and cerise on a ground of a serene ocean blue.

Lurex threads throughout give this ensemble an added majestic feel. The jacket is constructed in a classic 80s style with squared shoulders and a tapered sleeve. It is tailored nicely though the bodice and gives a nipped waist that is accented by a voluminous peplum that is attached on a slight angle which adds interest to the silhouette and allows for a more flattering fit.

The ankle-length skirt is simplified to balance the drama of the top. It has a less structured body which allows for a gentle flouncing. A shocking thigh-high slit on the proper right revealing the exuberant pink lining introduces a dash of sexy shock factor to this ensemble. An excellent vintage ensemble that can be worn true to form or styled separately for a more modern take, this YSL suit can be seen in the images to the left on the 1989 runway.

Size: 40

Size estimate: M/L


Shoulders: 16 inches

Sleeves: 24.5 inches

Bust: 39 inches


Length: 25 inches


Waist: 26 inches

Length: 43 inches

The jacket closes down center front with large translucent buttons in coordinating tones of orange, green, and red. The fastening of the skirt can be slightly adjusted for fit if needed. Both garments are fully lined with the jacket being lined in a crème orange silk while the skirt is lined in bright magenta.

This ensemble is in excellent condition with some fraying to the brocade on small areas of the jacker. 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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