Yves Saint Laurent for Dior,
The Revolutionist
Cocktail and evening dresses
Short red evening dress with train

For this cyclamen red evening dress, Yves Saint Laurent combined a simple corsage top with a sculptural skirt with train. The wearer's shoes and handbag were made in the same shade to match.

Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, “Ligne 60”, Model “Arthénice”

Paris, fall/winter 1959

After the Algerian-born Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) won the International Woolmark Prize in 1954, Christian Dior took notice of him and hired the 18-year-old as an assistant. Only three years later, he succeeded Dior and revolutionized the fashion house's signature with his radical designs. After a nervous breakdown as a result of his impending military service, he was relieved of his position as creative director.

Eggshell evening dress

This short evening dress features a bustier with a bow and a balloon-shaped skirt with deep pleats at the waist. The pumps were specially made for the wearer by Roger Vivier.

Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior

Paris, fall/winter 1958

Velvet evening dress with bow

This elegant, girly evening dress in black velvet features a plunging neckline and a large satin bow at the waist. The knee-length, wide skirt is formed from three layers of stiffened tulle fabric.

Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior

Paris, 1958

Eggshell evening dress
Pumps for eggshell evening dress
Pumps for eggshell evening dress
Handbag for eggshell evening dress
Black velvet evening dress with bow
Short red evening dress with train
Shoes for short red evening dress
Shoes for short red evening dress
Handbag for short red evening dress

The use of high-quality fabrics in expressive colours in combination with sensational cuts is what makes the cocktail and evening dresses by Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior shown here so appealing. It is striking that the evening dresses also feature a short skirt. Delicate details such as bows, lace or fabric flowers give the dresses a classic elegance.