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Evening Dress

ca. 1975 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This dress was designed for Yves Saint Laurent's Rive Gauche line. The first Rive Gauche shop was opened on Paris' Left Bank in 1966 and offered ready-to-wear at more affordable prices than Saint Laurent's couture creations. The careful ruching and stylish neckline are typical of the high quality of Saint Laurent's couture garments, but the incorporation of slightly lower quality fabrics, such as rayon instead of silk, ensures that the dress fits into Rive Gauche's more affordable price range. Saint Laurent updates his version of the 'maxi' dress with an empire waist and bias cut jersey.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Dress
  • Belt
Materials and techniques
Rayon and gold coloured metal
Brief description
F, blue jersey evening dress, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, France, ca. 1975
Production typeReady to wear
Credit line
Given by Baroness Helen Bachofen Von Echt
Production
Attribution note: Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Summary
This dress was designed for Yves Saint Laurent's Rive Gauche line. The first Rive Gauche shop was opened on Paris' Left Bank in 1966 and offered ready-to-wear at more affordable prices than Saint Laurent's couture creations. The careful ruching and stylish neckline are typical of the high quality of Saint Laurent's couture garments, but the incorporation of slightly lower quality fabrics, such as rayon instead of silk, ensures that the dress fits into Rive Gauche's more affordable price range. Saint Laurent updates his version of the 'maxi' dress with an empire waist and bias cut jersey.
Collection
Accession number
T.122:1 to 2-2009

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Record createdJuly 22, 2009
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