This is a vintage YSL Rive Gauche skirt & blouse from the late 70s to mid 80s. It's still vaguely Russian inspired but beginning (IMHO) to go New Wave. This Yves Saint Laurent red wool print 2 piece dress has a classic mid-calf gathered waist full skirt (not lined). Side opening with pockets, it fastens with hooks and eyes. The pullover blouse with contrasting red band & tie. Long full sleeves button into narrow cuffs. Leather belts aren't included.


Pre-owned, used. This dress has a bit of a story. When I discovered the dress at an estate sale it was an obviously an 80s dress with a belt-like thing that didn't look like it should belong with a YSL dress. After looking at the dress for several years and shaking my head, I decided to apply a seam ripper to the waist seam and see why it looked so strange. Suddenly I could see that it had been a top and skirt joined together to make a dress. The oddball belt piece was obviously the skirt's waistband. The industrious sewist had added 4 deep tucks with contrasting thread at the skirt hem and on the sleeves of the blouse, removing some fullness/length. The rest was history.


I spent so many hours CAREFULLY unpicking those miles of tucks and restoring the dress to as close to original as I was able. (I've NEVER been able to find a photo of the original dress so I hope I got it right). 


Overall this is in good condition in spite of the remake & restoration. BUT the bad news is that the wool fabric has some slight moth damage- a 1/2" long 'slice' on the skirt and some moth 'bites' at the hem of the blouse. That's all I noticed when ironing both pieces but I may have missed something minor.


Size? The skirt is marked as French 42 which is approx. a US 12 but it seems WAY small for that thru the waist. The blouse is marked size 40. Those marked sizes are vintage sizing which is often much SMALLER than our modern sizes. Please read the actual garment measurements given next--



Waist- 25" MAX

Hem- 94" around Length- 33 3/4" INCLUDING the 1 1/2" wide waistband



Pit to pit- 21 1/4" from side seam to other side seam

Hem- 21 1/4"

Front shoulder to hem length- 25 1/4"

Center front length- 23 3/4"

Front shoulder to hem length- 25 1/4"

Sleeve length- 24 1/2"


Price reflects the condition of the dress AND the hours spent on the restoration.


Questions? Comments? Contact me; I can get other photos too. Thanks!

Vintage 70s YSL Yves Saint Laurent Dress Red Wool Rive Gauche Skirt Blouse Fr 42