Attributed to Yves Saint Laurent, Paris (French, founded 1961)
Attributed to Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Jane Holzer, 1977
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.