Following on from my post about Roger Vivier's Pilgrim pump, today I thought I'd talk about Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian dress collection, which the Pilgrim pump had been designed to complement.
Released in 1965, the Mondrian dress paid homage to Piet Mondrian's Neo-Plasticist paintings of the 1930s. The dress was a knee length wool or jersey shift dress that was set in blocks like a canvas. Using only three primary colours, combined with white and divided by black lines, created a strong contrast and reflected Mondrian's style of painting. The dresses also displayed Yves Saint Laurent's expertise in garment construction as the colour blocking accommodated the body by hiding the shaping of the shift dress in the grid of seams.
The Mondrian dress was popularised when it was featured on the cover of French Vogue in September 1965 and many cheaper copies were subsequently produced. Yves Saint Laurent even designed a Mondrian dress for Vogue Paris Originals, oh how I would love to get my hands on that pattern!