Spring 1981 Halston Three Piece Silk Top Pant & Jacket Set w Purple Colour Block Print

The Resort and Spring 1977 collections were some of the few that Halston worked prints into the collections. He normally focused on a solid color palette and I love seeing this side of his work. I found a runway reference of a piece from the Resort collection that season that has a similar print and a page from the Halston book that shows some of the variations of this print that he used for this collection. It is such an easy to wear set and feels very modern. There is a quote that I love by Grace Mirabella where she talks about his cuts. She said; 'Halston's proportions were perfect. His clothes followed the shape of a woman's body without being tight; they held the body while still retaining a certain langour' and this really sums up how they sit on the body once worn. 

This is an amazing set from this time period. It is made up of three pieces. There is a soft cut pant, a sleeveless top and then a jacket that you can wear over those. All three pieces are made from a lightweight silk that has that stunning print over its surface. The silk is almost weightless and feels effortless to wear. The ease of the pieces and the way they are cut make this a great way to be full on glamorous while still being entirely comfortable. This is the kind of outfit that will easily take you from an evening out with heels to entertaining at home with flats. You can wear the pieces together as shown or as separates. The pants are cut with a slightly tapered leg but are easy and soft. They slip on to wear with elastic at the waist and pockets on each hip. The sleeveless top that goes over the pants has a angled cut for the shoulder/arm opening and then it simply wraps over itself and hooks into place at the waist with snaps above that. The collar is neat and small and extends down the front on both side. Last is the jacket/top that has a very loose and soft cut. It buttons down the front and has that same neat rounded collar. There is elastic in each cuff and running through the bottom hem but it is set to be very full, loose and wide rather then cinched. This final piece is cut very wide and full through the body so if worn over the other pieces and open it will billow out a bit when you move. Very chic. There are endless styling possibilities with a set like this and it will really come to life once on an actual body. A wonderful and rare piece of his work during this time period. Excellent condition.

All three pieces are unlined. The pants slip on to wear with elastic on the waist and pockets on each hip. The top closes with hook and a snap at the waist and snaps above that. Elastic through the waist as well. The jacket/outer top buttons to close as described above. The loose and easy cut should allow it to fit a variety of sizes. There is the tiniest touch of a grubby feel to the inner collars, along the bottom edge of the jacket and near the arm opening of the inner top. 

Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Elastic waist: 12-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 20" from neck to hem

Sleeves: 22" approx.
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 26" from neck to hem

Elastic waist: 14-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 40" from waist to hem with 2" turned under the hem
Inseam: 29"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3741

Reference Photos: Spring 1981 Halston Runway.

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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