Important 1976 Halston Couture One Shoulder Gold Metallic Lame Sarong Dress
The twin of this dress has appeared in several museum exhibits of his work and Carmen Kass wore one on the red carpet. Barbra Walters was also photoed wearing a version in 1977 and that photo is now in one of the books on his work. This is classic Halston from his main label couture line. It is one of the most instantly recognizable looks that he ever created. I have one of these in my own personal collection and it is one of the stars of my personal archives. I feel very lucky to have found another one that can be loved by someone else too.
This is an amazing couture Halston dress and a very rare and special find. It is entirely cut on the bias and utilizes his signature minimal seaming. Halston defined how woman dressed in the 1970s and these one shoulder dresses in particular were tremendously flattering to the body. It is also insanely sexy while still being extremely comfortable to wear. It is feather light and you are barely conscious of wearing anything. The fabric is a very fine, light gold silk lame that moves and drapes beautifully. The dress is suspended by one hook at the shoulder and then you wrap and tie the outer layer over that to tie it into place over the hook. An elastic band inside hooks around your waist so that it sits just perfectly. The wrapping of the dress creates a high slit up the side for your leg to show. The entire dress falls from that single shoulder, cascading loosely down for the ultimate Grecian goddess feel. It is spectacular. This is a rare example of Halston at his very best and it is easy to see why it is a piece favored by Museums. Excellent condition
Constructed from a single bias cut layer with part of the inner dress closed. The dress slips on with an elastic that wraps and hooks around the waist. It hooks at the top of the shoulder and then wraps and ties on the top of that shoulder. Hand finished. It is all bias cut which should allow for a larger range of sizing. This one is not quite as long as the one Carmen is wearing in the reference photo. They were made to order specifically for the height of the girl buying them though the photos are slightly deceptive as it does fall longer at the back point of the hem.
Bust: 14-18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: open with the elastic inside stretching to about 38"
Hips: no true defined seams because of the wrap
Length: 58" from shoulder to very longest point on the hem but will come on once on
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) 1976 Halston Original Gold Lamé Sarong from the Halston Retrospective at Nassau County Museum of Art. / (2) Halston Dress at the Studio 54 Exhibition at the Brooklyn Art Museum. / (3) Carmen Kass in Halston at "The Michael Awards", November 2000. / (4) Barbara Walters in Halston, accompanied by Alan Greenspan, December 1977. From the book "Halston: An American Original".
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