1968 Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking Tuxedo Black Gabardine Pant Suit
First created in 1966 by famous couturier Yves Saint Laurent, the "Le Smoking" tuxedo suit for women was the first of its kind to earn attention in the fashion world and in popular culture. The silhouette pioneered long, minimalist, androgynous styles for women, as well as the use of pantsuits in modern-day society. Yves Saint Laurent was seen by many as having empowered women by giving them the option to wear clothes that were normally worn by men with influence and power. Not many people know that Saint Laurent’s tuxedo proved too ahead of its time and was initially snubbed by his haute couture clientele. Only one was sold. Paradoxically, the Rive Gauche version was a success. The label’s younger clientele was quick to purchase it, making the tuxedo a classic. Saint Laurent would go on to include it in each of his collections until 2002. This insanely chic Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche pantsuit, dating back to 1968, is fashioned in black mid-weight gabardine which works wonderfully for both day and night. The button-down jacket is cut skinny and sexy with long, lean sleeves. I love the detachable cotton-pique mock detailing and original French cuffs. The matching pants have a flattering high nipped-waist and tuxedo stripes down the sides. Yves Saint Laurent recognized the power and the beauty of the youth revolution, and created clothing that reflected that. Pants, he understood, were the direction of womenswear. An iconic piece of fashion history that can be worn with easy today.
This rare YSL Rive-Gauche pantsuit ensemble is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working pant metal-zipper and all original buttons. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.