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EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION ~ The most fabulous designer vintage cape/cloak in the softest

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Seller notes: EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION ~ The most fabulous designer vintage cape/cloak in the softest cashmere/angora wool, in midnight blue with a stunning opera collar ~ by the legendary YVES SAINT LAURENT! FABULOUS, DRAMATIC, EXQUISITE - A TRUE ONE-OFF BEAUTY!!!
Decade: 1960s Brand: YSL, Yves Saint Laurent
Look: Victorian/Theatrical/Romantic/Gothic/Masquerade Exact Colour: Midnight Blue
Style: Opera/Baroque/Casanova/Courtesan/Mistress/Vamp Garment Type: Cape/Cloak
Size: OSFA ~ one size fits all. Please see measurements This beautiful cape will fit: most sizes due to cut/drape ~ pls see measurements
Main Colour: Blue Exact fabric:: Cashmere & Angora mix
Vintage Type: True Vintage TRUE VINTAGE:: True Vintage Yves St Laurent/Late 60s/Early 70s
Material: Cashmere Blend

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Victorian Mistress ~ Gothic Vamp ~ Equestrian ~ Masquerade ~ Pre-Raphaelite ~ Courtesan ~ Femme Fatale ~ Secret Liaison ~ Grandeur...




By World Renowned Designer

In the most gorgeous softest cashmere/angora wool
Simply stunning in midnight blue ~ Exquisite shape and quality, light and sumptuous ~ by this legendary designer...Unleash your inner VAMP...



Victorian Mistress ~ Gothic Noir Vamp ~ Medieval Courtesan ~ Masquerade Casanova ~ Secret Liaison Debutante Ball ~ Opera ~ Tudor ~ Handmaiden ~ Pre-Raphaelite ~ Ophelia ~ Equestrian ~ Highway Woman ~ Literary Heroine on the Moors ~ Cathy and Heathcliff ~ Tess of the d’Urbervilles ~ Maid Marion ~ King Arthur and Guinevere ~ Parisian ~ Regency ~ Georgian ~ Baroque ~ Edwardian ~ Fashionista ~ Romance ~ Mysterious ~ Femme Fatale ~ Theatrical ~ Grandeur...Absolutely Fabulous..


STYLE : Yves Saint Laurent

The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years

Regarded as one of the greatest names in fashion history (a member of French Fashion’s ‘holy trinity’, alongside Dior and Chanel), the designer Yves Saint Laurent’s venture into the industry started auspiciously with his introduction to the great Christian Dior. Under his tutelage, Saint Laurent’s talent would become recognised and his iconic style would be cultivated. Having then found himself, at the age of 21, as head designer at the House of Dior, Saint Laurent’s spring collection of 1958 catapulted him to international stardom by launching what would be the first of many of his inspired, iconic and timeless designs: the sleek, straight silhouettes which would become the Trapeze line. He went on to create five more collections for Dior, culminating in the veritable chic of the 60s Beatnik look of turtlenecks and black leather jackets.

Having set up his own fashion house in 1962, St Laurent began to further develop his signature style and popularised trends such as the unisex safari jackets, tight trousers and, in 1966, the celebrated tuxedo suit for women, 'Le Smoking' ~ an achingly chic androgynous look which was received rapturously at the time and remains classic and timeless...(a designer ahead of his time, he was convinced “.. women want to wear trousers”). His Mondrian dress (inspired by the Dutch artist), a wool shift printed with primary block colours, became one of the dresses epitomising 60s style and generated an array of copies. Indeed, it looks as modern now as it did in 1965.

St Laurent was also responsible for mainstreaming the idea of wearing the shapes and silhouettes from the 1920s, 30s and 40s and is credited with beginning to democratise the fashion world by shifting focus from the rarefied and generally unattainable world of haute couture to the relatively more accessible prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) line. The first of the company's Rive Gauche stores, which sold the popular line, opened in Paris in 1966 and its first customer was the film star Catherine Deneuve, a favourite among his female clientele who typified the kind of seductive, wealthy, intelligent French woman his styles epitomised. Indeed, his muses over the years were many and included the actress Talitha Pol-Getty and models Iman, Nicole Dorier, Katoucha Niane, Rebecca Ayoko and Laetitia Casta... (St Laurent was one of the first designers to use models of colour and was known for his frequent references to art and other aspects of modern and non-European culture).

In 1983, Saint Laurent became the first living fashion designer to be honoured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a solo exhibition. In 2001, he was awarded the rank of Commander of the Légion and in 2007, the rank of Grand Officier de la Légion d'honneur. This recognition of his remarkable influence on fashion which changed the way women dressed in the post-war era and beyond, marks him out as a true pioneer whose contributions to 60s style remains legendary. His shamelessly chic and sexy clothes dovetailed perfectly with feminism's inception, as did his advent of trousers for a woman's daily wardrobe, and his nipped-in suits, slinky tuxedos and straight line dresses still look as modern and as desirable today as they did in their debuts.

To quote Caroline Rennolds Milbank :  "The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-to wear reputable." No mean feat for any designer ~ but it was the genius, versatility and longevity of the eponymous and exceptional Saint Laurent that broke the mould and transformed women’s fashion forever.





This fabulous vintage opera-style cape, in wonderful condition, by YVES SAINT LAURENT in the most sophisticated, softest dark midnight blue wool is truly exceptional...  Such an exquisite shape and incredibly elegant, it echoes and evokes so many eras and styles and would look just perfect in a multitude of guises and for a myriad occasions...Let your imagination wander to a Parisian opera house, a masquerade ball, a grande you sweep down the ornate staircase of a stately home, stride across a medieval courtyard in billowing blue, or mystify as the heroine of a Victorian gothic novel.. a veritable piece of wonderfully wearable history by one of the greatest names in fashion design, this is a classic creation which will stir the senses as it sweeps behind you ~ so sought after and simply stunning! 

The cape is generously shaped and fabulously flowing with a deep double yoke collar which drapes sumptuously over the shoulders in soft folds and is fastened with a long, opulent drawstring of silky cord ~ in deep, dark blue ~ finished with luxurious tassels to give the most theatrical flourish. 

The drape is, as one would expect, effortlessly elegant and dramatic; it hangs beautifully with fabulous folds which start from pleats under the collar and falls in a perfect swathe of the softest wool, cashmere and angora ~  designed to be shown off, swished and billowed as you move, walk, turn...! The back of the cape mirrors the front, with that divine cloak of wool that’s so effortlessly flattering and sensual, draping decadently to give a dramatic effect which gorgeously and gloriously evokes a sense of all that is sensual, mysterious, dark and forbidden.

Imagine yourself as the belle of the midnight ball, a baroque beauty or the mistress of equestrian elegance; unleash your literary passions as you sweep across the moor in a billow of mysterious, mystical midnight blue; take a turn in a grand garden; capture a castle in a cloud of cloak; or be an alluring and mysterious femme fatale.. love and cherish it, wear it wonderfully and enigmatically and swish and swirl to your heart’s content!


Excellent vintage condition ~ an absolute joy to wear!

Luxury quality fabric ~ superbly tailored in wonderfully soft cashmere/angora mix in the deepest midnight blue which has a VERY subtle ‘zig zag’ self pattern to the fabric~  gorgeously soft and VERY tactile, not too heavy so it feels lovely and gives you the freedom to move easily.

Iconic designer label reads 'SAINT LAURENT rive gauche. Paris - Made in France'

Size / Measurements: : 

There is no size label in the garment but based on the free style, cut and drape we estimate it would fit all sizes ~ ONE SIZE FITS ALL

All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat and with the garment pulled a bit ~ please be aware that there is inevitably a slight discrepancy in the ways different people measure ~ so all measurements are approximate and please give or take about a ¼ inch or so either way.  

Length ~ taken just below collar and down back of garment to hem  ~ approx: 51 inches

Sweep ~ total circumference of hem ~ approx: 112 inches




20th Century Vintage & Contemporary



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