c1974 Halston Bias Cut Silk Chiffon Lace Up Dress
This is an amazing couture Halston dress that is absolutely divine. A similar dress is seen in the book "Halston" (see reference photo). It is entirely cut on the bias with minimal seaming as was his signature style and the color is built through the layering of the silk chiffon. The color of the very top layer and sleeve is a soft ivory and then the inner layers are a nude silk so that the body of the dress has a slightly deeper tone then to do the sleeves. Its a color that is infinitely flattering on most skin tones and walks that perfect balance between a color and a neutral. Halston defined how woman dressed n the 1970s and his cuts both flattered the body and was insanely sexy but they also are amazingly comfortable to wear. This dress is no exception. It is feather light and you are barely conscious of wearing anything. The front has a deep plunge that laces up. This allows you to wear it in a deep, deep open plunge or to lace it tighter for a more demure effect. The sleeves are fantastic with and angled cut through the shoulders and elastic at the cuffs so that they puff up above the wrist. It is meant to be worn loose and free so that the bias cut chiffon swirls around you when you walk but you could also add a belt or sash for shape. It is amazing and a fine example of Halston at his best. Excellent condition with one small note below.
Constructed from three layers of fine, bias cut silk chiffon - two inner nude colored layers an outer top layer in ivory. The sleeves are unlined. It is all bias cut and just slips over the head to wear with a lace up neckline. Hand finished. There is the very slightest foxing in a small area at the back. I have photoed it - with the amount of fabric it is minimal once on and does not detract. The loose cut will allow for a variety of sizes.
Sleeves: 29" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 16.5-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 48" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
Reference Photo: Nancy North arriving at a Halston party, New York, September 21, 1974. Photo: Ron Galella. (From the book “Halston” by Phiadon)
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.