Unusual 1976 Halston Deep Brown Strapless Tie Front Dress in a Soft Terry Cloth
I am always on the look out for this style of dress by Halston. It is one of the most iconic of all of the Halston silhouettes. Countless women have been photoed in a version and I have included many of those reference photos here. Versions have been exhibited and there is always one included in every and any book on Halston and his work. This is a very unusual version in a terry cloth. I have had one of these a long time ago and was excited to have my client send in another! The terry makes it extremely easy to wear and travel with. These were issued in a variety of colours and are normally found in a jersey so a terry one is a fun find.
Halston was a master at this cut. There is a certain sexiness caused by the illusion that the entire dress is held in place with that one little tie at the front. And it actually is. Undoing the front tie would cause the entire dress to drop in a puddle around you. It is constructed from a deep brown coloured terry cloth and it skims over the body in a long sheath. The entire dress is cut to gather up and towards the bust so it falls in soft drapes all the way to the hem. At the bust there are two attached short ties that you can cinch in as needed to hold the dress in place. I love the long lean line that this creates and it is amazingly sexy despite the fact that it is not tight fitting. This is heightened further by your bare shoulders that add the perfect contrast to that covered feel below. This is an iconic dress by Halston that is easy to care for. It is wash and wear and virtually wrinkle free which makes it perfect for traveling. It is very easy to style too - a quick change of shoe takes it the beach to the market and even for a night out. Excellent condition.
Slips on to wear and ties as seen at the front. These will fit a variety of sizes since they are not cut to be super fitted.
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 47" from top of the bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos: (1) ‘The Strapless’ in Women’s Wear Daily, August 1976. / (2) ‘The New York Collections: Easy Winners!’, Jacques Malignon for Vogue, September 1976. / (3) ‘Your Night to Star’, Ladies Home Journal, December 1976. / (4) Elizabeth Taylor in Halston at the 1976 Oscars. / (5) Marisa Berenson in Halston, Vogue 1976. Photo by Richard Avedon. / (6) "Yves Saint Laurent + Halston. Fashioning the 70s" Exhibit at the Museum at FIT, 2015. / (7) Halston's original sketch for the tie-front strapless dress & Lee Radziwell, 1976. / (8) Rachel Zoe in Halston at the Zoe Report Dinner, 2014. / (9-10) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
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