Fabulous 1980s Unlabeled Halston Black Strapless Cashmere Jumpsuit w Built in Inner Corset

This is a very beautiful example of Halston's work using cashmere 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. They seem so very simple but they are not. This one had a Halston tag when I acquired it many years ago but unfortunately it was lost during the cleaning process. 

This is a great jumpsuitl. It is  made out of a soft black cashmere and is strapless. Inside is a fall, built and boned corset that holds the jumpsuit into place. This inner core set closes with a series of lingerie hook and eye, and then the jumpsuit zips to close over that. The cashmere is attached along the top edge of the neckline, and then just glides over that inner peace. The waist is easy on the outside, but you're cinched in inside. It skims over the hips, and then the lay. The width of the legs gives it some movement when it's on, and elevate the feel of the jumpsuit. I love the simplicity of the peace, and how you can change it by layering something underneath it over it, or just simply wear it on its own. In the book 'Halston; An American Original' they talk about Halston's cashmere pieces and quote Polly Mellen as saying: "His cashmere pieces to the floor... they were very cozy and at the same time elegant". It is said that all of his cashmere pieces were inspired by a close associate that was a dance instructor and were intended to give the body complete freedom because of their ease of movement they have when you wear one. Excellent condition.

Unlined and with a built-in inner boned corset. The corset hooks to close at the back and the jumpsuit zips to close with a hidden sets zipper over that. Unlabeled

Bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20-23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from top of bodice to hem
Inseam: 33.5"
Gusset: 21.5" from the top of the back to the inner seam

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# DD4699

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