Iconic 1970s Halston Couture Glossy Red Sequin Full Length Wrap Dress w Plunge Front
Halston used this sequin technique predominantly between about 1973 to 1978. Instead of layering and overlapping the sequins, they were laid out flat, side by side, to cover every inch of the fabric. This is a stunning and rare version that is full sequinned and could not have more of an impact once it is on.
The dress is made from a red silk chiffon for the inner layer, which also acts as the lining, and then the outer layer is made out of the same fabric but in a lighter, thinner weight than the inner layer. That outer layer is what the sequins are attached to. The sequins have all been placed and attached by hand and completely cover the dress from shoulder to hem. The sequins are a glossy true red and they reflect the light beautifully. This makes the dress absolutely incredible to see in person. The technique used of placing the sequins flat and side by side allow the sequins to catch as much light as possible so it gives the fabric a molten, liquid metal feel. The bust is cut to skim over your curves. It has a pointed collar and the front wraps and snaps to close with silk covered snaps at the waist. This creates a deep front plunge but with that chic little collar that you can flip up if you want. There is elastic all around the waist so it is super comfortable when on. It skims over the hips and then flares out slightly as it reaches the hem. Because it wraps and is held in place only by the snaps at the waist you get a long overlapping opening down the front so you see lots of leg when you move or sit. It is amazingly comfortable to wear because of the stretch at the waist. Which was what he was all about - high glamour cobbled with ease. Excellent condition with a note below.
It closes with a hooks at the waist. Elastic through the waist. Fully lined in a red silk chiffon. Hand set sequins. There is the occasional sequin missing but there are sequins in the inner seams that could be used if this bothered you. Some missing sequins on the inside seams mostly on the inside panel near the waist. Obviously not seen once it is on. Minor shattering to the lining near the arm opening and a repair near the seam on the other side. Please see the photo after the label shot.
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from neck to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem with 2.5" turned under the hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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