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Yves Saint Laurent

Haute couture black dress, Autumn/Winter 1990


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An iconic and rare haute couture dress by Yves Saint Laurent for his Autumn Winter 1990 haute couture collection, this dress has an exceptional visual record. Photographed upon Christy Turlington for American Vogue in 1990, Cindy Crawford for British Vogue in 1990 and Rebecca Romijn for American Elle in 2002, the dress was also seen on the 2002 Saint Laurent runway as a part of the retrospective couture show held to mark Yves Saint Laurent’s retirement.

Constructed in handmade lace, the dress is embellished with black sequins and lined in silk organza. Fastening with two press-studs to the right side hidden by two overscale bows, the dress is otherwise completely open and transparent. A spectacular and important example of one of Yves Saint Laurent’s most famous dresses. 


  • Constructed in sheer black lace and embellished with sequins
  • Completely open down the right side
  • Two pink bows conceal press-stud fastenings
  • Excellent condition with original haute couture label and fastenings
  • Professionally dry cleaned and ozone-treated
  • Inspected by a couture-trained seamstress
  • All vintage items have been previously worn, gentle signs of wear are an inherent part of the piece


  • Sleeve: 28cm
  • Length: 152cm
  • We estimate this piece to be a UK size XS
  • We have been as accurate as possible with the measurements provided, however please note that as vintage clothing does not follow modern standardised sizing we have created a size guide for reference. If you have any questions regarding sizing please use the 'Need Help? Contact Us' tab above
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