Fashion Unpicked: YSL couture evening dress and shoes

Take a closer look at this dazzling 1960s Yves Saint Laurent evening dress and matching shoes by Roger Vivier, on the cusp of changing silhouettes for women.

Embellished with precious metal threads, beads, sequins, diamantes and coral (which was commonly used in fashion at the time but is now protected), this couture evening dress and matching shoes are the epitome of couture craftmanship. Assistant Curator Chloe Gilbert examines their construction and luxury materials, revealing how designer Yves Saint Laurent was a trailblazer in modern women's fashion, alongside legendary shoe designer Roger Vivier.

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