Incredible Late 1970s Halston Couture Hand Beaded Silk Skirt & Sleeveless Top Set in Yellow
At the point that this set would have been made in Halston's history, he was at the top of his game and anyone who was anybody was wearing the Halston label. His prices were sky high for the times and the work put into the pieces was impeccable. This is a fabulous example of his work and it is even more incredible when you realize that are the bead work has been done by hand. It is an amazing set and even better once on the body.
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 pieces were especially intricate and the majority of the garments being made this was were heavily beaded like this set. This set is absolutely gorgeous and all of the bead work on it is completely done by hand. Yellow glass tube beads are mixed with little slightly silver toned seed beads and then these are laid out in an intricate geometric pattern that completely covers both pieces. Each bead has been hand applied onto a yellow cotton faille backed by a yellow silk organza and these layers have the slightest bit of transparency to them. I love the boldness of the yellow and how both pieces glitter and sparkle in the light from every angle. The pieces are simple in design to work in harmony with each other. The skirt has an elastic waist and snap opening. It is cut to skim over the hips and then falls in a fairly straight line from there. There are slits running top each side so when you walk you get an unexpected flash of leg. The top is amazing. It is so simple and easy on the body. It is cut with a slight oversized feel and it closes at the front with hidden hook & eye. You can also wear it open and layer it over things or wear it on its own. It has a neat rounded collar that shows the silk organza underneath. It curves down and around the hem and is cut to skim over you. The pattern of the beads emphasizes the cut and the shoulder are set to slop off the top of the shoulder to give the suggestion of the tiniest capped sleeve. I love it and is pure glamour. I also love the versatility of having the two seperate pieces because you can mix and match them all with other pieces from your wardrobe. Even just wearing a set with something layered over or under the top would dramatically change the feel of it. This is a beautiful and classic example of Halston's work. Excellent condition with a tiny note below.
Both pieces are lined in a yellow silk organza. the skirt closes with hook and eye at the waist. Elastic through the waist of the skirt. The top closes down the front with hidden set hook and eye. The bead work is hand done. There is perhaps the occasional area of loose or missing bead or thread here and there. The elastic in the waist could be easily taken down more if you needed the waist smaller. I see an older tiny repair at the top of one slit on the skirt and to the lining at the same spot in both sides and one above the hem on both layers. Very minor and mentioned for accuracy. The yellow is a touch brighter in colour in person
Bust- bottom: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 30" from neck to hem
Waist: 13-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36" from waist to hem with 3.5" turned under the hem
Slits: 16" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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