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An amazing YSL heavy purple wool mohair coat is right out of The Rive Gauche 1976 Russian Peasant collection. Beautiful brilliant purple wool with heavy braided magenta and green piping detail all over, fully lined in shiny purple satin. Buttons up with large decorative buttons, high collared with side hip pockets. Quite the collector's piece!

In the mid-1970s the relevance of haute couture was seriously debated. The political and social upheaval of the 1960s, the emergence of a plethora of creative ready-to-wear designers, and the increasing preference for a sportswear approach to dressing as represented by American fashion were among the shifts in lifestyles and taste that appeared to sound the death knell of the calcified and elitist world of the maisons de couture.

It was at this time that Yves Saint Laurent, haute couture’s preeminent practitioner, threw caution to the prevailing winds with a collection of unrivaled fantasy and luxury. He called it his “Russian Collection,” but his designs were Slavic only in their Oriental excess and opulence. Inspired by the Bakst costumes of the Ballets Russes, each ensemble appeared to be a repudiation of the informal, pared-down, and functional looks of the street. By employing all the techniques of the petites mains—those workshops of embroiderers, passementerie makers, lace weavers, feather workers, and jewelry makers—Saint Laurent revived the taste for elegant excess. Compared to the Art Deco spareness of the 1930s-revival crepe and jersey evening columns popular during the period, the Russian ball gowns were a sensory explosion of color, ornament, scale, and even sound

Yves St. Laurent went to Paris at age 17 to find work in fashion. He was soon hired by Christian Dior as an assistant. They worked together for several years, and when Dior died in 1957, St. Laurent was made the head designer. His first collection, Spring 1958, was called the Trapeeze, and was an immediate hit.

But subsequent collections were not so well received, and when Laurent returned to Paris after a brief time in the army, he found that he had been replaced at Dior by Marc Bohan. In 1962 he opened his own couture house. Rive Gauche, his ready-to-wear line, was established in 1966.

St. Laurent’s influence was immediate and far-reaching. Among his successes – the Mondrian collection in 1965, Le Smoking tuxedo suits of 1967 and beyond, the Safari suits of 1968 and the Russian inspired collection of 1976.
Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com


Fits like size: Small / Medium
Labeled French size:

Bust: 48"
Waist: 47"
Length: 28"
Sleeve Length: 23"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 20"

Condition: Excellent. This piece is in pristine condition except for a missing bottom button. Reflected in price.

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Yves Saint Laurent Jacket - YSL Rive Gauche 1970s 70s Purple Wool Mohair Russian Peasant Coat Designer Couture Quality Medium


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: wool, satin, mohair
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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