Important 1976 Halston Couture Ivory Ribbon Silk Chiffon Ivory Jumpsuit w Original Sash
This is a very recognizable and highly documented Halston that is very rare and very special. Its spot in fashion history was forever solidified when it was captured on Cheryl Tiegs for Harper's Bazaar in 1976. I have included that photo of her for reference. That same photo also makes an appearance in the book on his work titled 'Halston' by Phiadon. The jumpsuit also has the distinct provenance of having its twin held in The Met Museum's collection (though they have their dated as being earlier which based on the Harper's photo appears to be inaccurate). It is fabulous to have found one of these. At this point in his career pieces would have been made in very limited quantities. That alone makes these early pieces that much more special never mind to have documentation as great as this one has. It is an incredible example of his work from this time period.
This is a wonderful example of how soft and romantic his work could be. The jumpsuit has a soft and flowing feel to it and yet when you wrap the sash around you at the waist it still gives you shape. It is made of an ivory silk chiffon with a ribbon effect that is fused directly into the silk. This gives the fabric the double texture that you see and it really plays on it transparent feel. Where the jumpsuit is unlined through the upper bodice and sleeves you really see how you get a glimpse of the skin under the silk and where it is lined it gibes just a suggestion of the body and from a distance you are not sure there is something under it or not. The main part of the bodice and the pants are hand lined in a nude silk chiffon so that the jumpsuit is not completely transparent and then over that the outer layer is set. The bodice is cut to blouse softly over the waist and it closes with a series of hook & eye down the front. In the iconic Harper's shot it was left fully open and that is how I photoed it here as well (though I did add a shot with it hooked closed so that you can see how that would look too). The waist has an elastic through it and it is cut to sit loose and easy in the body. You can nip it in with the sash and cinch in the waist as much as you wish. You could also choose to wear the jumpsuit without the sash and leave it more loose and open and use the sash as a headpiece or around your neck. From the waist the pants flow to the floor. They skim over the hips and then fall in a very full and open wide cut pant. Depending on how tall you are they will sit to be slightly cropped, though there is a good 3" turned up underneath to use if needed. It is very well made and finished by hand and even better in person and on an actual body where the fabric can really move and flow as it was meant to. This would be a crowning pinnacle to someone's Halston collection. It would also make an amazing piece for a bride who wanted to do an alternative to a traditional wedding dress or to wear as part of a wedding event. It is so pretty and even better in person. Excellent condition with a note below
The body and pants are lined in a nude silk chiffon. Hand finished throughout. It close with a series of hooks and snaps down the front. It has its original long matching sash. I see a small repair on the scarf and a tiny mark on one ribbon near the base of the sleeve. There is a little bit of yellowing to the bottom part of the sleeve on the other side. It looks like a a shadow when you see it on and not a mark. Please see the two photos after the label shot. It otherwise looks to have been worn very little if at all. The softness of it should allow it to work and drape on a range of sizes.
Sleeves: 15" to the shortest point and 23" to the longest
Shoulders: no true defined seam
Bust: Approx to 17" flat across but there are no true side seams because of the way the sleeves are set in
Waist: to 14 " flat across from side seam to side seam and you cinch with the sash
Hips: to 19"" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Pants: 39" from waist to hem with approx 3" turned under
Body from neck to inner seam: 30.5"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Cheryl Tiegs, original photo from Harper's Bazaar, January 1976. Photo by Bill King. From the book 'Halston' by Phiadon. / (2) Halston ensemble from The MET Online Collection.
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