After the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s death on 1 June 2008 at age 71, the fashion house has organized an auction at Christie’s on July 2. The auction includes seven pieces of Saint Laurent’s clothing & jewelry representing nearly every decade of his career. Considered as the most influential designer of the 20th century, he was termed as a style-setter and his creations included pop-art print mini dresses, peasant skirts and elegant pantsuits that endure to this day. The collection includes a 1958 Cocktail dress designed for Dior & a 1970 Rive Gauche camel cable knit sweater trimmed in fox fur similar to the one that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wore, which has a pre-sale estimate of $250-$400. A dusky pink tulle evening dress with metallic pink and silver embroidery, designed for Dior in 1958 is estimated to fetch about $1000-$1500.
The costume jewelry collection includes a floral gold-tone metal and crystal stone necklace from 1990 which is estimated to sell for $1000-$1500. A hammered gilt-metal “ethnic” necklace from the 1970’s is estimated to fetch about $600-$800. All of these items are said to be in excellent condition and are relatively inexpensive because they aren’t new designs. The auction includes pieces from other designers like Thierry Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Balenciaga & Gianni Versace.