Iconic Spring 1981 Halston Fully Hand Beaded & Sequinned Silver & Ivory Silk Chiffon Dress
This one of the most spectacular Halston dresses I have had in the shop. It's from Spring 1981 and of this point Halston was still in full control of his brand. He had not yet signed the international licensing agreements that would be the beginning of his downfall in 1983. He was at the top of his game and anyone who was anybody was wearing the Halston label. His prices were sky high and the work put into the pieces was impeccable. This is a fabulous example of his work and it really is one of the most special pieces I have had from his label. It is instantly recognizable as being from him. It is a spectacular dress. This would make an amazing wedding dress for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. And of course it could also be worn to any event.
Halston's beaded and sequin pieces were being made in India during this time period. Halston personally chose the fabrics and materials that were used for each piece of his collection and then sent them to India where they were beaded and sequinned to his specific instructions and assembled. The 1981 collection was especially intricate and the majority of the runway garments were heavily beaded and/or sequinned. This dress is absolutely gorgeous and all of the bead and sequin work on it is completely done by hand. Silver tube beads and silver sequins are laid out in an intricate and instantly recognizable pattern that covers the dress from neck to hem. Each bead and sequin has been hand applied onto an ivory silk chiffon that has a touch of transparency it's just as beauty of the dress. I love the boldness of the silver and how it glitters and sparkles in the light from every angle. No matter how good this dress looks in the photos it is even better in person. The cut is easy and flattering to wear. The neckline is high and scooped and is edge with tightly space beads. It skims over the bust to the hips and then flares out just slightly as it nears the hem. The sleeves are cut slightly wider at the top and then barrow down to the wrist where they have same border of sequins as the neckline. It is amazingly comfortable to wear because of the easy cut. Every square inch of the dress is finished in that amazing pattern that combines curving rounded patterns with angled bands. It is just incredible and I absolutely love it. Excellent condition
The dress is unlined and closes with a back set zipper. The bead work is completely hand done. Perhaps the occasional area of loose beads and threads here. Slightly creamier in colour in person. The loose and easy cut should fit a variety of sizes. It is incredible.
Slightly inset shoulders: 14"
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from top of shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
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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