Le Smoking tuxedo dress
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The original “Le Smoking” was designed by Yves Saint Laurent as part of his Fall/Winter 1966 collection, and it was the first tuxedo for women. Offered to women as an alternative to the little black dress, le smoking pantsuit was incredibly envelope-pushing at the time because it was controversial for women to wear trousers, especially as eveningwear. The legendary American socialite Nan Kempner famously debuted her le smoking suit at Le Côte Basque in New York. When she was refused entry into the restaurant for being dressed unsuitably, she removed the pants portion and walked in wearing only the jacket as a dress. This belted vintage le smoking dress offers the best of both worlds; it’s a little black dress, but inspired by a tuxedo, complete with satin trim. It was made in France and features the iconic Yves Saint Laurent rive gauche label. It is best suited for a woman who generally wears a dress size 6 and who likes to emphasize her cleavage and show a bit of leg (but looks for a slimming effect for the waistline and arms). It would not be ideal for a smaller-busted figure. Excellent vintage condition.
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