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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Yves Saint-Laurent designed Mod-inspired clothes in the 1960s and made headlines with his first collection in 1958 when he introduced the “trapeze” dress.

"It was a flared dress, seen as the precursor of the Mod A-line dress, although it was as carefully constructed as other couture garments. However, some of Mary Quant’s early designs from 1955-56 were short a-line dresses. Saint Laurent started the Pop Art movement in couture fashions with his most famous design, the Mondrian dress. In 1965 Saint Laurent adapted Mondrian's Broadway Boogie-Woogie painting to clothing to create a dress that was in keeping with the spirit of the times yet retained the exclusivity and high price tag of couture clothing. By 1966, his hemlines rose well above the knees, and when the nostalgic and oriental influences of the late Sixties came into vogue, he adopted elements of those styles as well." --modmiss

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