1983 Silver and Pewter Sequin Halston Tunic Dress
Halston was at the forefront in taking simple and known silhouettes for day and making them into extravagant and yet still easy to wear evening pieces by changing the fabrics to fluid silks and sequins and keeping the cut as easy and simple as possible. This allowed dresses, like this one, to drape wonderfully on the body and created a new form of sexuality that was a mix of high glamour and the more casual American nod to dressing. This is a particularly good example of that and still extremely wearable even now. Halston had the fabric for these little sequin covered dresses hand made in India and it is a combination of a fine silk chiffon densely covered in iridescent sequins. This one is a chic mix of silvers and pewter, deepening to glossy blacks and edged with little round silver beads. That effect of the light on these sequins once you have this one on and you move is just amazing. It slips on and falls into place in a simple tunic shaped sheath. I love the excessive cowl at the neck and how the sleeves are cut wide and full. The cut and construction are what one would expect from one of the most eminent of the great American designers. Similar pieces were prominent and on display at the Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede Exhibit. Excellent condition.
Unlined and slips on to wear. There is perhaps some small areas of missing sequins but none that overly distract. The loose and easy cut will allow it to fit a wider range of sizes.
Sleeves: 22.5" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) Halston, 1983. / (2) Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede Exhibit / (3) Halston Ad, Vogue, November 1983.
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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