Woman's ensemble in two parts

French
1970s


Dimensions

Shirt center back: 80 cm (31 1/2 in.) Pants center back (Inseam): 85.1 cm (33 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2007.268.1-2

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rust colored safari-style long sleeve lace up shirt with pockets at bust and hips, and buttons on pockets and cuffs, and matching pants. Labeled: “Saint Laurent/ Paris/ rive gauche”


Yves Saint Laurent’s safari suit is an iconic representation of the designer’s ready-to-wear work of the 1970s. The 1960s had seen the rise of boutique clothing and high-end women’s ready-to-wear, a cultural shift that had put the French couture industry in jeopardy. Saint Laurent went through a difficult period of coming to terms with these changes but was able to make the transition and began to license Rive Gauche, his ready-to-wear line in 1968. This now iconic Safari suit was featured in his first collection. It was intended, and has proven to be, a wardrobe staple, to be worn season afer season. It may have also been a nod to the many travel and ethnic inspirations that found expression in YSL’s designs.

Provenance

Purchased from Resurrection, Los Angeles, CA, by the MFA, March 21, 2007

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Fashion Council, Museum of Fine Arts Boston