Abardine Safari Jacket
Spring/Summer 1968, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche collection
This gabardine safari jacket is from spring/summer 1968 Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Collection. He is famous for designing the safari jacket in 1960s and it definitely spreads the big trend over that time.
Lightweight and light-colored safari jacket makes me think back of safari in the Africa bush or European soldiers serving in warm climates from thr 19th century.
YSL is not the first time to play the gender gap in designing clothes. For Le Smoking suit, Yves Saint Laurent gives females a chance to feel sexy as well as empowered. And also did Safari jacket to elevate it and give it a feminine edge. He borrowed the male codes of dress to revolutionize women’s fashion.
The overall shape of garments looks similar to the real safari jacket, but tailor with more into female’s body shape. The front tight-up is kind of functional and also stylish. The big upper and down pockets could be used to put stuff or just for style. I think the reason behind this garment is it is just after world war II and people’s minds are going wild to try new concepts.