Museum Held c1972 Halston Ultrasuede Cream Dress

This fabulous 1972 ultrasuede shirt dress is done in a beautiful cream color. These were THE thing to own in the 1970's - no one had seen this fabric before and they were all the rage! Similar examples are held in The Met's and the Museum at FIT's permanent collection and this particular one is actually the twin of one of theirs. The notes there state: "Wrapping, tying, and folding were all habits of mind for Halston. That the designer prized simplicity is evident in his most famous millinery achievement, the pillbox hat. In this Ultrasuede shirtwaist, perhaps his greatest dressmaking success, he offered a versatile sportswear icon in a new material, allowing for countless individual expressions through personal styling."

I love the that this one has such sleek lines and is so seventies in feel - the color is a simple neutral and the cut is fabulous. These can get stiff as they age but this one is still soft and supple. The waists on these are cut to skim over the torso but the original belt allows you to cinch it in for shape. I love the button front that allows you to use it as a layered piece or light coat as well as a dress. Hidden pockets allow for the perfect cool girl slouch. I have included here the photo from 1972 of Halston surrounded by models in variations of this collection and the photo of the dress held at FIT. Excellent condition.

Unlined and buttons down the front. Has its original tie belt. Pockets on each hip

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42.5" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2729

Reference Photos: (1) 1972 Halston Ultrasuede Shirt Dress from The Museum at FIT Collection.  /  (2) Halston with various models. Photographed by Duane Michals, Vogue, December 1, 1972.

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