Evening dress

Design House Yves Saint Laurent French
Designer Yves Saint Laurent French, born Algeria

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Mrs. Kempner's preferred silhouette for formal evening dress was the narrow "column" gown. In addition, she subscribed to the notion of bareness as an aspect of nighttime glamour-expressed in a wide, off-the-shoulder or "bateau" design, and more typically in a plunging front or back neckline. This elegantly simple gown inverts Mrs. Kempner's usual pairing of a white bodice or shirt with a black skirt. Yves Saint Laurent's sensual juxtaposition of a black velvet bodice with the liquid drape of ivory silk crepe highlights the sharp "V" of the décolleté in a dramatic "Madame X" contrast.

Evening dress, Yves Saint Laurent (French, founded 1961), a,b) silk, French

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