1983 Halston Sequin and Bead Covered Top & Skirt Dress Set
Versions of this set reside in The Metropolitan Museum collection and and another version was on display for the "Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede Exhibit" in 2015. Once reserved solely for evening, sequins are now a mainstay in anyone's wardrobe and can be worn almost anytime of the day. With this being two pieces it makes that mix and match for day or night even easier as you can wear the pieces together or as separates. Halston had the fabric for these hand made in India by the Naeem Khan family. Both pieces are densely covered in a combination of sequins, beads and faux pearls sewn onto a fine silk chiffon. The use of the chiffon makes these very light, comfortable and fluid. That effect once on and you move is just amazing. Both pieces slip on to wear. The skirt has elastic through the waist and is a simple straight cut. The top is cut loose and easy with a very wide neckline. If you have small shoulders you can let it slouch off for a little bit of extra skin to show. Excellent condition.
Unlined and both pieces slip on to wear. The skirt has elastic through the waist and the top does have a zipper at the back that is not really even needed because of the cut. All of the beads, sequins and faux pearls are hand applied and this is clearly seen on the back of the fabric. Tagged a vintage 12. I see perhaps a couple of missing sequins here and there but nothing that detracts once on. The easy fit will allow for a range of sizes
Bust: 27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam, narrowing to 18" at the bottom hem
Length: 24" from neck to hem
Waist: 12-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 28" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) Halston Advertisement. Vogue US, November 1983. / (2) Halston Advertisement. Photo by Steve Hiett. Vogue US, August 1983. / (3) Halston Ensemble from the MET Collection. / (4) Exhibit photo from Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede Exhibit 2015.
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