1980 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Floral Print Shirtwaister Dress

This runway documented silk wrap dress is from the spring /summer 1980 ready to wear collection by Yves Saint Laurent. The painterly floral print is contrasted by a check at the collar, cuffs and hem - all of which are decadently ruffled. The colour palette is indicative of the label’s signatures at the time; rich mustard, burgundy and cerulean hues. There is a tie across the bust, a singular tonal blue button closes each cuff and the waist is secured with Jupe-fix clasps. Of note, there are two waist fixtures; the first will ensure the dress is a true wrap style, while the second is looser and so the dress will be closed but not a wrap. The new owner could actually fix these clasps at any point along the waistline to accommodate their own measurements. A removable, coordinating fabric belt wraps around the waist; this differs from the runway version in that the floral print has been used instead of the check pattern. The label reads “Saint Laurent Rive Gauche”, a reference to Paris’s younger and trendier left bank.

This dress is in excellent vintage condition with no issues and only gentle signs of wear noted over its 40+ year life. As Vogue wrote in the 1970s of this hit dress silhouette, “don’t you know that every girl in her right mind is going to jump at it?”. Labelled a French size 40, this is suited to sizes UK 10-12 or US 6-8.

Bust - 38 in. ( 96.5 cm)
Small Waist - 26 in. (66 cm)
Bigger Waist - 31 in. (79 cm)
Hip - 41 in. (104 cm)
Shoulder - 15 in. (38 cm)
Length- 44 in. (111.7cm)

Pickup available at CIRCA VINTAGE

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Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

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You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

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We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

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