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Dress

Design House:
Attributed to Yves Saint Laurent, Paris (French, founded 1961)
Designer:
Attributed to Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1965
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Jane Holzer, 1977
Accession Number:
2009.300.526
Not on view
Yves Saint Laurent's collections took inspiration from sources as varied as de Stijl paintings and the Ballet Russes. This dress is a nod both to both to the design of Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) and Spanish flamenco costumes, with its ruffles, pompom trimming and polka dots. Widely spaced black and white dots like these were a signature pattern in Saint Laurent's work. Here the red and black combination gives the dress added interest and the whimsical pairing of the pattern with a baby-doll silhouette makes for a lively and festive combination.
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