Rare 1978 Halston Couture Metallic Purple Lurex Cropped Bandeau Top & Skirt Set
This is an incredible and very rare set by Halston from his main line. The top part of the set is very similar in feel to the one worn in the famous 1978 image of his 'Halstonettes' taken in the Halston offices. The 1978 collections featured many piece that were made from this same feather light metallic lurex in a variety of colours. I love the rich purple metallic feel of this set.
Both the bandeau and the skirt are made from a very fine light weight metallic knit lurex. The colour is a stunning deep royal purple. I love how the fabric has that touch of a metallic feel to it and how it runs over the entire surface so the whole set has a subtle glitz to it. Both piece are very light in weight and the fabric has a touch of transparency to it. The top is a simple bandeau. It is gathered and ruched down each side. The zipper is hidden along one side and the other side has boning. You can wear the gathers at the side as I have photoed it here or wear the gathers down the centre at front and back. It is lined in a nude stretch jersey for a little support and coverage. Once it is on you have some flexibility on how much skin you want to show between the top and the skirt. You can wear it more pushed up and gathered to really show off a band of bare skin underneath, or pull the fabric down to meet the waist of the skirt. I photoed the majority of these with it worn more pushed up but also shot one for you with it worn down more. The skirt is gorgeous. It is made up of three layers of the fabric and it is so light in weight that even with those three layers it has no bulk when you are standing still. The moment you move you realize just how much fabric is actually there. If you were to lie it out flat it is a full circle skirt and that means that when you move it moves with you and flows around you beautifully. The layers act as the lining and this gives the skirt just enough opaqueness to be able to wear on its own though you still get just a hint of transparency in certain lights. It is amazing. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.
The top is lined in a nude stretch lingerie jersey. It has an inner waist stay that hooks to close. It zips at the back and has boning built in along the side there and also at the front down the middle. The skirt is made up of three layers of the purple fabric. It hooks to close at the waist and snaps under that.
Bust: 17.5" flat across the top from side seam to side seam
Inner waist stay: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Height: the boning at the side is 9" and the fabric between is adjustable
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 29" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Alva Chinn, Halston and Chris Royer at Olympic Tower, September 1978. From the Book 'Halston' by Phaidon. / (2) Model in Halston, 1978. From the book 'Halston An American Original'.
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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