**Yves Saint Laurent **Jacket Sells for $400k at Auction

By Paul Joseph

French luxury fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has seen one of its lavish jackets go under the hammer at a Christie’s auction in Paris and fetch an incredible $420,000.

The extraordinary piece of couture was sold to the National Gallery of Victoria for a price way beyond its original estimate of between €80,000 and €120,000.

The jacket, which was once modelled on the catwalk by Naomi Campbell, emulates iconic painter Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic art piece ‘Sunflowers’ and has grown to become a much sought-after item within the fashion industry.

The bright yellow and orange jacket was created by haute couture embroiderer Maison Lesage who took more 600 hours to stitch it by hand. It was specially crafted for Saint Laurent’s 1988 spring/summer collection and was one of four sequined jackets made.

The 1988 collection also featured another jacket inspired by a flower-themed Van Gogh canvas called ‘Irises’, which was sold for $193,000 earlier this year.

Founded in Paris in 1961, Yves Saint Laurent has grown to become one of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands.

By Paul Joseph