c1972 Halston Ultrasuede Zip Front Dress in Cream

This fabulous 1972 ultrasuede sleeveless dress is done in a beautiful pale cream that has just the barest hint of yellow to it. These were the thing to own in the 1970's - no one had ever seen this fabric before and they were all the rage. Similar examples are held in The Met's permanent collection. In the notes  of similar pieces there they state: "Wrapping, tying, and folding were all habits of mind for Halston. In this Ultrasuede shirtwaist, perhaps his greatest dressmaking success, he offered a versatile sportswear icon in a new material, allowing for countless individual expressions through personal styling."

I love the that this one has such sleek lines and is so seventies in feel and yet still feels so very modern. Examples of these can get stiff as they age but this one is still soft and supple. It is a simple cut with a front zipper and no sleeves. The bodice skims to the waist and then the skirt flares out to the hem. All the shape is created by vertical seaming. It has its original belt which allows you to cinch it in for shape. That zip front sits below a squared off neckline and you can unzip it a bit if you wish.  Hidden pockets along the front seams allow for the perfect cool girl slouch. I have included here the photo from 1972 of Halston surrounded by models in variations of this collection and the photo of the dress held at The Met. Excellent condition.

Unlined and zips down the front. Has its original tie belt. Pockets on each hip

Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2686

Reference Photo: Halston with various models. Photographed by Duane Michals, Vogue, December 1, 1972.

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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