Important 1977 Halston Couture Navy Multi-Way Silk Jersey Plunge Dress w Extra Long Ties
The twin of this dress in a red colour is held in the permanent archives of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and that red version was exhibited in the 'The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion' Exhibit in 2009. The dress also has the added provenance of being the twin to the metallic version that Halston custom made for Bianca Jagger. I have included several photos of her for reference. Photos of her in the dress also appear in two of my Halston books and it is fabulous to have found this very versatile solid navy version. This is classic Halston from his main label couture line. It is one of the most instantly recognizable looks that he ever created because of the Bianca connection. It is an incredible example of his work from this time period.
This is an amazing couture Halston dress and a very rare and special find. It is entirely cut on the bias and utilizes his signature minimal seaming. Halston defined how woman dressed in the 1970s and these jersey dresses that he did were tremendously flattering to the body. It is also insanely sexy while still being extremely comfortable to wear. The fabric is a beautiful deep navy silk jersey that moves and drapes beautifully. The dress is made to be one long tube with two extra, extra long ties that extend out from one end. At the front the fabric divides into two pieces to create the ties and this leaves a low V there. At the back the fabric dips in a graceful curve and the entire back is exposed to leave it bare. You can then wrap and tie those long ties in a variety of ways. I have shown a few ways to wear it on the dress form and I bet you could come up with more. Those ties make it incredible versatile and really it is like buying several dresses in one. They allow you to control how low the back dips and the the plunge at the front and this also allows you to control the overall length of the dress. You have the versatility to wear it with the ties wrapped around you for more shape through the waist or you can let the ties fall down the back so the the dress simply skims over the body instead of hugging your curves. It is spectacular. This is a rare example of Halston at his very best and it is easy to see why it would be favoured as a piece worthy of being in The Met. I would not be surprised to see the red version showcased in the upcoming Met Gala themed exhibit on American fashion. Excellent condition
Constructed from a single bias cut layer with the ties extending out from one end. The dress slips on to wear with no closures. It can be wrapped and tied several ways as shown. Hand finished. It is all bias cut which should allow for a larger range of sizing. I see a couple of tiny marks where the fabric has darkened a touch but nothing that would photo or that you see unless super looking. The fabric has stretch and I have put the comfortable range of measurements laying flat. You could probably get a little more if needed
Bust: the fabric is approx 16" flat across but there are no side seams so it will fit a large variety of bust sizes
Hips: 17-22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 58-59" from shoulder to hem but you can adjust it up or down depending on how you choose to wear it
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) c.1977 Halston Dress from The MET Collection Online. / (2-6) Bianca Jagger and Halston at The MET Costume Institute Dinner, December 12, 1977. (5) From the book "Halston" by Phaidon. (6) From the book "Halston: An American Original" by Elaine Gross and Fred Rottman.
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