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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Cotton Print Flamenco Dress, 1980s


Making classically luxurious designs easy to wear as a casual look embodied the Rive Gauche philosophy. A pioneer in the world of ready-to-wear, YSL intended to design for the everyday woman and her needs saying “I [have] had enough of dressing jaded billionaires.” This sentiment shows through in this Spring/Summer 1988 runway collection Spanish inspired dress.

Made from a high-quality white cotton with a zigzag print in red, blue, and green, this design is equally practical and jovial. It dons a flounced Peter Pan collar that traces the boat neckline that is mimicked at the cuffs. As a bonus, the skirt of this dress has pockets! Throughout it has a relaxed fit, cinching at the waist and sleeve cuffs with elastic creating an interesting visual contour with the print. This dress is an easy option and has design elements to keep it on trend for the future.

Size: 36

Size estimate: Small

Bust: up to 36 inches

Waist: 24 unstretched to 30 inches stretched.

Hips: up to 38 inches

Length 37 inches

Because the dress is cotton and unlined, it is highly breathable. There is no closure as the elastic allows for the dress to simply be slipped over the head. Professionally cleaned and pressed, 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.

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