Design House: Yves Saint Laurent, Paris (French, founded 1961)

Designer: Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)

Date: fall/winter 1965–66

Culture: French

Medium: wool

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William Rand, 1969

Accession Number: C.I.69.23


As the sack dress evolved in the 1960s into the modified form of the shift, Saint Laurent realized that the planarity of the dress was an ideal field for color blocks. Knowing the flat planes of the 1960s canvases achieved by contemporary artists in the lineage of Mondrian, Saint Laurent made the historical case for the artistic sensibility of his time. Yet he also demonstrated a feat of dressmaking, setting in each block of jersey, piecing in order to create the semblance of the Mondrian order and to accommodate the body imperceptibly by hiding all the shaping in the grid of seams.