Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)
silk, bird-of-paradise feathers
Length at CB (a): 47 in. (119.4 cm)
Gift of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, 1983
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 955
Diana Vreeland recalled of Saint Laurent, "He struck me right away as a person with enormous inner strength, determination and full of secrets. I think his genius is in letting us know one of his secrets from time to time." The sheer theatricality of this evening dress shows Saint Laurent at his most flamboyant and transfigurative.