S/S 1976 Halston Demi-Couture Bias Cut Yellow Silk Dress
Everyone knows Halston for his gowns but he also did these fabulous little day dresses with the same love of minimal seaming and bias cut mastery. Once you discover them it's hard to go back. This particular one is exceptional and is documented as well which is always a treat. Stripes ruled the runway for his spring 1976 collection and it was in this collection, and the following few, where you actually saw some prints worked in. Normally Halston's preferred a solid color palette so it is nice to see some patterns here and there. The dress is masterful in its simplicity. The minimal seaming that Halston was so very good at is combined with a light, scarf weight bias cut silk in a brilliant sunny yellow. The waist is elastic and the dress slips on for perfect ease. At the collar there is an attached tie that tops a deep front plunge - you can leave this casually looped and low like I have, or tie it at the neck for a variety of looks.
In the Phaidon Halston book there is a quote by Bob Colacello that states "His colors were so American, they were like out of a Crayola crayon box. Halston's red and purple and green were like true colors; they weren't pastels, they weren't dark, they weren't iridescent - they were very true and very American" Every time I look at this particular dress I cannot help but think of that quote with the color being so strong and true on this dress. Very fabulous and chic and absolutely heaven once on. Excellent condition
Unlined and slips on to wear with elastic at the waist for an easy fit. Hand finished. I see a teeny barely there smudge of a spot on one shoulder but it makes no impact on the wearibilty. The bias cut and elastic waist will allow it to fit a variety of sizes
Sleeves: 22" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 18" from neck to waist
Skirt: 26" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.