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Fashion drawing by Yves Saint Laurent (1960s or 1970s)

Fashion drawing by Yves Saint Laurent (1960s or 1970s)

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The brilliant designer Yves Saint Laurent, new manager of his own brand, imagines a red and green dress for one of his next collections.

  • Fashion design created by stylist Yves Saint Laurent.
  • A leaf.
  • Notes in French.
  • 12.3 cm x 31.8 cm.
  • Probably in Paris, in the 1960s or 1970s.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

Four fabric and lace swatches, plus notes accompany the design on the front

croquis K - 106 - proposition I - Rouge - 104 - col 16 lione 47 - proposition 2 - vert - col 16 - liasse 47

On the back it is written

Satin taffetas or (?) - dentelle (?) whipped cream

A talented designer, Yves Saint Laurent (1936 - 2008) took over as director of Dior in 1957, at the age of 21, just two years after joining the House of Dior as an assistant designer. In 1958, his "trapezoid" collection reinvented the dress and was a great success.

Saint Laurent then decided to leave Dior in 1961 and founded his own haute couture house. His collections, first for women and for men from 1969 onwards, were an immediate success. His greatest innovations include the timeless feminine tuxedo, the trench coat and the pantsuit.

The couturier later diversified his activities, making sets and costumes for theater and cinema, perfumes and luxury cosmetics, sold all over the world. After the acquisition of his company in 1999 by the Gucci Group, the creator retired in 2002.

In addition to the designer's characteristic features, this drawing of a dress includes notes - most of them in YSL's own hand - and very interesting fabric samples to understand the haute couture creation process. This example, which is part of a set of four drawings, was acquired at an auction in Paris and belonged to a seamstress who worked with the designer in the 1960s and 1970s. Almost all of Yves Saint Laurent's drawings are preserved by the Pierre Foundation Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent.

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