1974 Halston Red Silk Chiffon Ruffled Collar & Cuffs Bias Cut Dress
This is a beautiful example of Halston's work during this time period. He was a master at combining function and ease but without sacrificing glamour. He did this with the absolute minimum of seaming that a garment required. His bias cut pieces like this one, sometimes feel somewhat shapeless on the hanger or dress form and it is only when they are slipped on that they drape and settle into place the way they were intended. They seem so very simple but they are not. A similar dress to this example was photoed for Vogue in 1974
The dress is entirely cut on the bias with that minimal seaming signature that I spoke of above. The color is a beautiful clear red that is flattering on most skin tones. It is feather light and it weighs ounces once it is on. The cut through the body is extremely loose and easy. There is an elastic at the waist but it is there as almost an afterthought as it does not cinch in the waist at all. It is more there to give the piece the slightest of shape and add to the soft gathers. The neckline is deep and can be worn with an even lower plunge if you leave the hidden snaps open. There are attached ties above the slit front of the neck and the collar is a double layer of flounced silk ruffles. Each sleeve is soft and full and these end with a ruffle finish. The skirt is full and open. The matching silk sash can be worn wrapped around the waist to add shape. You could also wear it wrapped turban style or at the neck. If the sash is not worn the dress has a more full, caftan feel and will land between mid-calf and ankle length depending on your height. If cinched at the waist, the length pulls up more to land between knee and calf. Excellent overall condition with a note to review below
The body and skirt of the dress are constructed from two layers of bias cut silk chiffon. The sleeves and shoulders are unlined. It is entirely bias cut and just slips over the head to wear. Ties at the neck and a very wide elastic at the waist. Each cuff is finished with elastic above the ruffled ends. The sash is original. Hand finished. Note that there are some marks on the front skirt toward the side closer to the hem. The volume and cut effectively hide these once on but they are there. I photoed it for your reference and it is shown in the photo after the label shot. Some pinholes on the sash. The easy cut will allow it to fit a full range of sizes
Sleeves: approx 23"
Shoulders: no defined shoulder seams
Bust: to 22-25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 20-23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: to 20" from top of bodice to dropped waist
Skirt: 35" from dropped waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-XL
Reference Photo: (1) Model wearing Halston. Photo by Richard Avedon. Vogue US, December 1974. / (2-3) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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