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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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Genius stylist Yves Saint Laurent, new manager of his own brand, imagines a red and green dress for one of his upcoming 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. Single piece.

Four swatches of fabric and lace, plus annotations 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

Taffetas de satin or (?) - dentelle (?) whipped cream

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

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

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

In addition to the stylist's characteristic traits, this drawing of a dress includes notes - mostly from YSL's own hand - and very interesting fabric samples to understand the creation process in haute couture. This example, which is part of a set of four designs, was purchased 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 designs are preserved by the Pierre Foundation Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent.

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