1973 Halston Couture Layered One Shoulder Silk Chiffon Multi Way Dress
Versions of this dress have appeared in several museum exhibits of his work and I have included a photo from one of the Halston's books that shows a close variation of this style. This is classic Halston from his main label couture line. These one shoulder pieces are one of the most instantly recognizable looks that he ever created. I have versions of these in my own personal collection and this one is a very versatile version of his classic dress
The dress is entirely cut on the bias and utilizes his signature minimal seaming. Halston defined how woman dressed in the 1970s and these one shoulder dresses in particular were tremendously flattering to the body. It is also insanely sexy while still being extremely comfortable to wear. It is feather light and you are barely conscious of wearing anything. The fabric is a very fine light silk chiffon that moves and drapes beautifully. The silk used is on two tones of hand dyed color. The inner dress is a deep raspberry and then one half of the overlay is a deep burgundy. Both colors are flattering on most skin tones and are a beautiful alternative to black. The inner dress is suspended by a single hook at the shoulder and is made of three full layers of the silk. A second, separate piece is made of the same silk. That second piece is an oversized rectangular constructed from two attached layers of the silk chiffon. This is what allows you to be able to create countless looks. I quickly styled a half dozen variations by tying the over layer in different ways around the inner dress and you could easily get more elaborate if you started using brooches or got more creative. When draped over the shoulder and tied it creates a full second outer layer, cascading down and over the inner layer for his classic one shoulder silhouette. It is spectacular. This is a rare example of Halston at his very best and it is easy to see why it is a piece favored by Museums. Presents as excellent condition but please review the full condition notes below
Constructed in multiple bias cut layers as described above. The inner dress slips on and has a hook at the top of the shoulder and the second outer layer is a double layer of silk in two colors tones. Hand finished and the bias cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes. There are two marks n the inner dress's skirt. One on the hip and one on the lower skirt. You would not see either with the overlay worn over it. The marks are only on the top layer so you could remove the one layer or have it switches to the inside. Note the length will come up when on due to the bias cut
Bust: 13.5-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 13.5-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 62" from shoulder to hem but will come on once one
80" x 39"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Photo Credit: "Halston" by Phiadon, 2001. Various Halston dresses held in The Metropolitan Museum Permanent collection, NYC
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