Vintage 90s Valentino Slipover The Slipover by many better known as the sweater vest is an item of knitwear without sleeves, usually with a low-cut neckline. They were particularly popular in the 1970s, and are again growing in popularity.
The eponymous brand was founded in 1962 by designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé. The current logos were designed in 1963 by A. M. Cassandre.
During the 1960s and 1970s, the firm popularized fashion trends such as the beatnik look, safari jackets for men and women, tight pants and tall, thigh-high boots, including a tuxedo suit for women in 1966, Le Smoking suit. Some of its collections include the Pop Art, Ballet Russes, Picasso, and Chinese. Saint Laurent also started mainstreaming the idea of wearing silhouettes from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s and is credited with initiating in 1978 the broad, shoulder-padded styles that would characterize the 1980s. He was the first, in 1966, to popularize ready-to-wear in an attempt to democratize fashion, with Rive Gauche and a boutique of the same name. Among Saint Laurent's muses were Loulou de La Falaise, the daughter of a French marquis and an Anglo-Irish fashion model; Betty Catroux, the half-Brazilian daughter of an American diplomat and wife of a French decorator; Talitha Pol-Getty, a model and actress whose husband was a Getty heir; and Catherine Deneuve, the French actress.
The brand expanded in the 1980s and early 1990s with fragrances for both men and women, having launched its cosmetic line in 1978. However, by 1992, the company's profits were declining and the company's share price had fallen.