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YSL And JPG, Through The Decades


“We noticed a Gaultier moment was brewing and decided to build our own collection through various collectors from around the world, most of whom were women who had their fashion heydays in the eighties and nineties,” Decades founder and co-owner Cameron Silver tells of his latest project—a sale of vintage and couture Gaultier and YSL pieces, launching today on Decade’s Web site. The inspiration for the sale? The retrospectives of each designer, both opening this weekend, YSL at the Denver Museum of Art and Gaultier at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. “We’ve been collecting Jean Paul Gaultier for months!” adds Decades co-owner Christos Garkinos.

After intense hunting, the duo narrowed the offerings to approximately 60 Jean Paul Gaultier couture blouses, iconic print dresses, and ready-to-wear items (most of which came from one consignor who had over 450 pieces) and more than 100 YSL items (including YSL Rive Gauche, YSL Haute Couture, and the Madame X collection). Madame X, Silver explains, is a client (who wishes to remain anonymous) who bought some of the designer’s best work, such as cocktail dresses, gowns, and strong shoulder suits, from the late seventies to the early nineties. “Madame X bought the most exclusive YSL for the most glamorous period of her life, she had beautiful taste, and I worked with her for almost four years to acquire these very special pieces,” he says. “Every season she would attend the shows with her husband, who insisted she select a few pieces per collection, one or two day suits, one or two cocktail dresses, and one or two gowns.”

Both Silver and Garkinos point out the YSL skirtsuits as a surprising favorite: “The jackets have incredibly constructed shoulders, a totally distinctive shape,” says Silver. Get a glimpse of a few of the most covetable items here on To shop the collection, visit

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