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Evening dress

Design House:
Yves Saint Laurent, Paris (French, founded 1961)
Designer:
Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)
Date:
fall/winter 1969–70
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, bird-of-paradise feathers
Credit Line:
Gift of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.619.1a, b
Not on view
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style," December 9, 1993–March 20, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dance," December 9, 1986–September 6, 1987.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Yves Saint Laurent: 25 Years of Design," December 6, 1983–September 2, 1984.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "WILD: Fashion Untamed," December 7, 2004–March 13, 2005.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "manus x machina: fashion in an age of technology," May 5, 2016–September 4, 2016.

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