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Evening Dress

Yves Saint Laurent, Designer (French, 1936-2008) Christian Dior Couture, Retailer


After Dior's death in 1957, Yves Saint Laurent became the chief designer for the House of Dior. In his second collection, Saint Laurent parted from traditional Dior designs and introduced the "Youth Look." 

This evening dress, from fall-winter of 1959, has a waistless, tubular silhouette and bubble skirt ending just above the knee. Saint Laurent's choice of fabric, use of a decorative bow, and the ruched and ruffled skirt are, however, evocative of conventional Dior designs.

Gift of Rita MacNeill

Object Information

designer
Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008)
retailer
Christian Dior Couture
creation date
1959
materials
Silk Taffeta
dimensions
L: 34 in.
mark descriptions
couture #1 1962
accession number
79.1081
credit line
Gift of Ritta MacNeill
copyright
© Christian Dior
copyright
© Yves Saint Laurent
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts