Incredible Late 1970s Halston Purple Transparent Silk Chiffon Dress w Iridescent Sequins

Halston used this particular spaced sequin technique predominantly between about 1977 to 1982. Instead of layering and overlapping the sequins, they were laid out flat in rows, side by side, to create a pattern over the silk. It creates a beautiful visual effect. It is also unusual to find his more colourful pieces. This is a stunning example of his work from this time period.

The silk chiffon that is used to make this dress has been dyed to a fabulous purple. The silk is cut on the bias and has a touch of transparency to it. To wear it you would just add a long nude or purple slip underneath and you could pay with how opaque the end result is by the choice of fabric you chose that you layered under it. Of course in this day and age you could also wear something that leaves you more bare. Onto the silk are thousands of hand placed iridescent purple sequins. This allows the dress to catch the light from every single angle and it is stunning to see.  Halston imported these sequin fabrics from India. During this time period India is where some of the best sequin work in the world was being done. Each individual sequin has been meticulously sewn into place by hand. The design that the sequins are laid out in is done to highlight the curves of the body and visually create more curves. To wear the dress you slip it on and there is a single prong set rhinestone button at the back above the keyhole. The dress then just falls into place over the body in his signature long simple sheath silhouette. The sleeves are long and and straight cut. You end up entirely covered from head to toe and yet with the lightness of the fabric, it's transparency and bias cut movement of the fabric, is still very sensual and sexy. This is a balance that Halston excelled at. The dress is feather light and feels like a dream on. It is stunning and a wonderful and rare example of his work. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

Unlined and slips on to wear with a prong set rhinestone button and loop at the back of the neck above the open keyhole. Hand applied sequins and hand finished.

Sleeves: 23"

Shoulders: 15"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3961

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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