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we're going to get married in ysl! here's our top 5 wedding dresses from the master

Yves Saint Laurent is most famously known for his "Le Smoking" tuxedo jacket, see-through blouses, bolero jackets, pantsuits and smocks. He feminised the basic silhouettes of male clothing and modified the male tuxedo, safari jacket, pea jacket and flying suit for women. YSL is also king of the couture wedding dress. Why else would the Persian Empress Farah Diba and Bianca Jagger seek out the designer for their nuptials to the Shah of Iran and His Majesty Mick Jagger? Marrying in March, especially in YSL attire, promises exotic unpredictability, as the old rhyme goes: “Married when March winds shrill and roar/ Your home will be on a distant shore.” Whatever your relationship status, catch up with his fascinating life and designs in new biopic, Yves Saint Laurent, out today.

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Text Adam Fletcher

  • mummy's the word

    Fashion always seems to come full circle. Designers have revisited the swinging sixties until there’s almost nothing left to swing on but we can guarantee you’ve never seen this one before. We’re leaving the psychedelic patterns and beehive hairstyles behind this time. Boldly going where no bride has ventured before, all hail this showstopper from 1965, check out the mummified crochet dress, a.k.a. the “Long wedding dress”, a.k.a. the “Babushka.” Walk up the aisle, if you can, like an Egyptian.


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    Yves Saint Laurent 1965

  • pieces of me

    For some, picking the right dress can take months or even years. But why pick one when you could have 10, or even 20, all at the same time? Patching together silk blankets and floral fabrics, nothing says wedding dress like this 1969 YSL patchwork maxi dress. How to accessorise? A headscarf and a bouquet. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something perfectly patchwork.

    Yves Saint Laurent 1969

  • all dolled up

    Yves Saint Laurent famously said “fashions fade, style is eternal,” but wearing this little number will surely have you written into all the history books. Get your ballet pumps on and get dolled up in this luxe wedding gown creation for the YSL fall couture show, 1981.

    Yves Saint Laurent Fall 1981

  • when doves fly

    Doves are a delight at weddings, symbolising peace, love and a new beginning. But why release them when you could just wear them? Regard Carla Bruni at the World Cup in France in the Dove wedding dress. Coo coo.

    Yves Saint Laurent 1998

  • back to nature

    Coco Chanel created the little black dress, Paul Poiret took women out of the corset, but Yves Saint Laurent whisked the white out of weddings and women out of their dresses on wedding days. Most girls dream of channelling a princess on their big day, but if you want to look like a girl out of the Garden of Eden, then this one’s for you. Here, Laetitia Casta is Yves Saint Laurent’s “bride” for his spring/summer 1999 couture show. Can you Adam and Eve it?

    YSL spring/summer 1999