This dress, named the "Trapez," is one of the breakthrough works of the young Yves Saint-Laurent, who then worked for Christian Dior. The loose waist and the simple silhouette are remarkable features and probably the starting point toward the next stage known as the A-line. Highly sophisticated techniques of Haute Couture such as precisely calculated darts and ironing, realized this clear form.
This dress is one of the first collections introduced by the young Saint-Laurent, who took over Dior's fashion house after his sudden death. The minimalism in this work, eliminating any decorative factors including flashy colors, patterns and materials, is very interesting as a step towards the simple mini dress in the coming 1960s.


  • Title: Dress "Trapeze"
  • Creator: Yves Saint Laurent
  • Fashion House: none
  • Label: none
  • Manufacturer: Christian Dior
  • Date Created: Spring/Summer 1958
  • Season: Spring / Summer 1958
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
  • Rights: Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute, gift of Estate of Tina Chow
  • Medium: Gray wool tweed; bow-tie at neck.

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