1991 Yves Saint Laurent Leon Bakst Novelty Print Silk Bell Sleeve Ensemble Set
Breathtaking Yves Saint Laurent bohemian gypsy two-piece silk organza ensemble with original designer tags from his infamous 1991 Rive Gauche Leon Bakst novelty print collection. Pieces from this runway season are very rare and are true examples of fashion history. The bodice is a seductive elastic cropped design with dramatic angel bell-sleeves. The matching nipped waist pants have a sculpted harem silhouette which really flatters the figure while huge bell hemline add the perfect amount of drama. It is iconic and modern, yet has its own avant-garde elements. "In the mid-1970s the relevance of haute couture was seriously debated. The political and social upheaval of the 1960s, the emergence of a plethora of creative ready-to-wear designers, and the increasing preference for a sportswear approach to dressing as represented by American fashion were among the shifts in lifestyles and taste that appeared to sound the death knell of the calcified and elitist world of the maisons de couture. It was at this time that Yves Saint Laurent, haute couture’s preeminent practitioner, threw caution to the prevailing winds with a collection of unrivaled fantasy and luxury."
Measurements Bodice Bust: 35-36 inches Empire Waist: 26-29 inches (due to elastic stretch) Total Length: 12 inches Pants Waist: 28 inches Hips: Free (due to harem design)
This Yves Saint Laurent documented runway ensemble is in excellent condition with original deadstock designer tags. No rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working side-zipper. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.