Yves Saint Laurent

Sold - YVES SAINT LAURENT c. 1969 Vintage Panne Velvet Safari Suit Lace-Up Top & Pants Size XS

This early Yves Saint Laurent safari piece - a style that was first launched in 1967 and quickly became one of the house's signature designs - dates from 1969 and comprises a lace-up top and flared pants. Both pieces are crafted from a very dark green, almost black panne velvet, lush and super soft. The long tunic top features long sleeves and the instantly recognizable signature lace-up front, the pants widely flared legs and a zipper closure. Unlined. Made in France.

Loulou de la Falaise wore a version of this ensemble when photographed by Patrick Lichfield in 1969, a well-known and truly iconic reference picture.

This museumworthy set is in remarkable condition. Velvet and lacing are in excellent condition. The only flaw is a repair or production-related (?) imperfection at the back of the pants' waist - see detail picture.

The top is tagged "F 42", the pants are tagged "F 38" - both pieces run very small and will fit a D 34, F 36, I 40, US 2-4, UK 8, XS

MEASUREMENTS (laid flat)

Shoulders 41,0 cm/16.1"
Bust 49,0 cm/19.3"
Waist 40,0 cm/15.7"
Hip 47,5 cm/18.7"
Sleeves 60,0 cm/23.6"
Length 75,0 cm/29.5"

Waist 32,0 cm/12.6"
Hip 49,0 cm/19.3"
Thigh width 30,0 cm/11.8"
Hem width 35,0 cm/13.8"
Inner leg length 80,0 cm/31.5"
Outer leg length 107,0 cm/42.1"