Stunning documented Yves Saint Laurent brown pleated crushed velvet skirt from the late 1970s.



This is one of Yves Saint Laurent's iconic and well documented pleated evening skirts he did in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This Rive Gauche version would have been based on that Haute Couture skirt from the famous 1976-77 Russian Collection. This Haute Couture look was then translated into pleated crushed velvet skirts in various colours for the Rive Gauche label.


"The “Opéras – Ballets russes” collection, Yves Saint Laurent’s first fashion show at the Hôtel Inter-Continental, was a true spectacle. Saint Laurent was an admirer of the Ballets russes (founded by Sergei Diaghilev in the early twentieth century), Léon Bakst’s costumes and oriental paintings. His collection simultaneously evoked czar-era Russia and the Russia depicted in operas. Using gleaming colors and luxurious textiles (including fur, chiffon, silk, velvet, and gold lamé), Saint Laurent restored haute couture’s capacity to make people dream." – Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris


Our example is made of an incredible amount of crushed rayon velvet in a rich gleaming ginger bread brown that is just phenomenal. The ankle-length skirt is tinily pleated from the narrow waistband that sits high at the waist and extends to the hem of the design. The way the skirt moves is beyond words!


It is unlined and closes with a painted metal zipper and a flat hook and eye at the center back. Labeled "Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Paris Made in France" and tagged a French vintage size 38.


Endless styling possibilities! From day to night!



This skirt is in excellent vintage condition.


Size & Fit

Waist: 66 cm – 26" (measured flat across and then DOUBLED)

Hips: open

Length: 97 cm – 38.2"


Modern Sizing Equivalent:



Reference photos featuring versions of our skirt: Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Advertising, late 1970s / Model wearing a look of YSL's Russian Collection, 1976/77 / YSL Haute Couture Runway Look, A-W 1976-77 / YSL Fashion Editorial, L'Officiel Paris, 1976 / YSL Runway Look A-W 1976/77 / YSL Fashion Editorial, c. 1978

848,00 €
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Sophisticated black velvet pencil skirt by Ara Modell from the 1980s.



This figure-flattering high waisted black velvet pencil skirt features an alluring center front slit lined in white satin which measures 31 cm – 12.2". The skirt has two side pockets, closes with a hidden rear zip and is fully lined - white satin beside the slit and black acetate the rest. It ends a palm below the knee, is labeled "Ara Modell Made in W.-Germany" and tagged a size 38 D / 12 UK / 40 F.


Perfect for special occasion dressing!



Ara was a Munich, Germany, based fashion brand. The company manufactured in Germany only until it closed its doors in 2003.



Excellent condition. Seems unworn.


Size & Fit

Waist: 71 cm – 28"

Hips: 96 cm – 37.8"

Slit length: 31 cm – 12.2"

Length: 69 cm – 27.2"


Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for waist and hips.


Corresponding Modern Size: S

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