Wedding Ensemble | Yves Saint Laurent | c. 1976
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Yves Saint Laurent for Dior | “Bal Masque” from “Ligne Trapèze” | c. 1957
This dress was worn by The Duchess of Windsor. Yves Saint Laurent was highly influenced by the grand, bell shaped ball gowns of the 1860s.
Yves Saint Laurent for House of Dior | “L’Eléphant Blanc” | c. 1958
Creating the trapeze silhouette for Dior, Saint Laurent has a rigid understructure veiled under a fly-away cage. A boned corset anchors the dress but allows the delusion of a free swinging cone. Seeking a shape for independence, though still tethered, the “Eléphant Blanc” dress also employs a shimmering embroidery on net that requires a finishing flourish to the thread work on a transparent surface. Thus, in both surface decoration and in structure, Saint Laurent gained the effect of ethereal, bouyant freedom while retaining the structure of the couture. (The Met Museum)