Iconic 1976 Halston Glossy Gunmetal Black Sequin Asymmetrical Full Length Dress
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. The Fall 1976 collection featured this asymmetrical neckline heavily and I have included reference photos of jersey versions of the dress from both The Met and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In December of 1976 the New York Times wrote that: 'This season there are three things that the ladies must wear: Adolfo's taffeta skirt, Halston's asymmetrical neckline and Mollie Parnis's tunic and satin pants.... Babe bought the first asymmetrical neckline dress and Jackie bought the second. If you do not know their last names you do not know the ladies.' This is a stunning and rare version that is full sequinned and could not be more of an impact once it is on.
The dress is made from a black stretch jersey 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 deep gunmetal grey/black and depending on the light they can reflect back as a true black, a deep grey, a lighter grey or even have a touch of a blue grey tone to them. This makes the dress absolutely incredible to see in person. The technique used of placing the sequins flat and side by side also allow the light reflecting off the sequins make it seem like you have been poured into a liquid metal. The sleeves end just about the elbow and the bust is cut to mold to your curves. It skims over the waist, hugs the hips and then flares out slightly as it reaches it's supermodel length hem. That signature neckline dips deeply to one side to expose the upper chest and this is mirrored at the back. It is amazingly comfortable to wear because of the stretch of the jersey. Excellent condition with a note below.
It closes with a hidden set, side zipper and the fabric has stretch. Fully lined in a black stretch jersey as described above. Hand set sequins and wide ribbon, hand set inner hem. There is the occasional sequin missing but there are sequins in the inner seams that could be used if this bothered you. It is so densely covered that its somewhat irrelevant. Some of the sequins show a little patina on their finish. The one shoulder above the dipped side felt slightly stretch on me, though I think that on a taller girl it would be fine. It would be an easy adjustment if needed at all. The stretch of the fabric should allow it to fit a range of sizes and the measurements below are the comfortable range when lying flat.
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: 16-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19-23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 62" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) 1976 Halston Evening Dress from The MET Online Collection. / (2) 1977 Halston Dress from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Collection. / (3-5) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
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