c1973 Halston Red 100% Cashmere Evening Dress
These long, slim dresses made of pure cashmere wool were a Halston staple and were designed for that chic modern woman to wear while entertaining at home or in an intimate setting. The wearer was able to move and be superbly comfortable, never worrying about getting wrinkled or being inappropriate or uncomfortable. Really these were one of his signature pieces and every chic woman had to have one. Variations were recently featured in the Museum at FIT exhibit "Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s" In their notes on some of his work they mention these cashmere pieces:
"Halston’s use of historical elements to create new collections was sparing. Rather than re-interpret the designs of those who came before him, he made subtle allusions to those designers whose work he most admired. He was inspired by body-revealing activewear and the sinuous, bias-cut gowns of Madeleine Vionnet from the 1930s, while primary influences from the 1940s included the cashmere sweater sets of Mainbocher and the ingenious ties and closures employed by Claire McCardell"
The dress is full length and cut with long slim sleeves and falls form the shoulders in a column of red cashmere to the floor. The color is amazing - a true red that will flatter most skin tones. Versatile and beautiful, it is an amazing and rare piece of fashion history. Note that this is not perfect but does present very well. Please review condition notes below.
Unlined and slips on to wear. It is made from hand-loomed 100% cashmere made in Italy. There has been some old repairs done to the fabric. It could probably be re-woven properly and the value would instantly double. It could be worn as is and the larger area easily hidden under a belt. Please review the photo provided. This is priced at half the current market value with these small flaws present as is. The fabric does have stretch and due to he forgiving cut will fit a variety of sizes.
Bust: 16.5-18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Photo: The Museum at FIT, permanent collection
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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