Spectacular 1983 Halston Well Documented Pastel Blues, Turquoise & Ivory Sequin Sheath Dress

This one of the most spectacular dresses that Halston ever made and versions of it reside in The Metropolitan Museum collection and and another version was on display for the "Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede Exhibit" in 2015. We have included those as well as several other reference photos documenting the various forms of this dress that he did. It is from his Spring 1981 and of this point Halston was still in full control of his brand. He had not yet signed the international licensing agreements that would be the beginning of his downfall in 1983. He was at the top of his game and anyone who was anybody was wearing the Halston label. His prices were sky high and the work put into the pieces was impeccable. This is a fabulous example of his work. from this time period

Halston's beaded and sequin pieces were being made in India during this time period where some of the best of this type of work was being done during this time period. Halston personally chose the fabrics and materials that were used for each piece of his collection and then sent them to India where they were beaded and sequinned to his specific instructions and assembled. The 1981 collection was especially intricate and the majority of the runway garments were heavily beaded and/or sequinned. This dress is absolutely gorgeous and all of the bead and sequin work on it is completely done by hand. Silver tube beads and pale iridescent sequins with just a touch of colour sequins are mixed with pastel blue and soft, pastel turquoise sequins. Then to define the edges of the pattern you have a series of faux pearls worked through the mix. Everything is laid out in an intricate and instantly recognizable pattern that covers the dress from neck to hem. Each bead and sequin has been hand applied onto an ivory silk chiffon base that has a touch of transparency. I love how it glitters and sparkles in the light from every angle. No matter how good this dress looks in the photos it is even better in person. The cut is easy and flattering to wear. The neckline is high and scooped and is edge with tightly space beads. It skims over the bust to the hips and then flares out just slightly as it nears the hem. The sleeves are cut slightly wider at the top and then barrow down to the wrist where they have same border of sequins as the neckline. It is amazingly comfortable to wear because of the easy cut. Every square inch of the dress is finished in that amazing pattern that combines curving rounded patterns with angled bands. I absolutely love it. Excellent condition

The dress is unlined and closes with a back set zipper. The bead work is completely hand done. The easy cut should fit a variety of sizes. It is incredible.

Sleeves: 23" and 12.75" around the upper arm
Shoulders: 16"
Bust: to 18.5 " flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist:to 16 " flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 43" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent:around the upper arm SML-MED

Item# DD4701

Reference Photos: (1) Model in Halston, The Denver Post, November 1983.  /  (2) Halston Advertisement. Vogue US, November 1983. /  (3-4) Marisa Berenson (left) at a Party in Halston's Olympic Tower Showroom, October 1983.   /  (5) Halston Ensemble from the MET Collection.  /  (6) Exhibit photo from Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede Exhibit 2015.

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