Superb Spring 1977 Halston Runway Bias Cut red Silk Chiffon Dress w Original Cape Shawl
The twin of this dress walked the runway for Spring 1977 and I have included that runway photo here for you for reference. It also gives you a fabulous idea of how good the dress is one the body. This is an absolutely beautiful and classic Halston from his main label couture line. It is an incredible example of his work from this time period and the colour is amazing
This dress is drop dead gorgeous with its yards and yards of bias cut silk chiffon in that perfect beautiful red. The construction on it rivals any of the best Halston pieces I have seen to date. The dress is made of four feather light layers of bias cut silk chiffon stacked on top of each other. Every one of the four layers is that fantastic true crisp red colour. This gives the colour added depth and intensity. It is just stunning to see it in person. Layering the chiffon like that also gives it so much more movement then it would have otherwise. Your slightest movement while this is on causes the silk to float and move around you. The layers have just enough weight to stay in place when you are standing still and then when you move they will move with you and the result is gorgeous. This is a fabric that is notoriously difficult to work with and it shows just what a genius he was by the way that he was able to make it flow and sit so beautifully. The majority of work is all done by hand and it would have taken many, many hours of work to create this dress in this way. The dress is suspended from the shoulders by two silk straps. The neckline plunges in a V at the front and then at the back it drops so that you back is left fully bare and open. Those tiny straps are all that cover you to where they meet the silk at the back and they feel very sexy running down the expanse of bare skin. The dress falls in a loose and easy cut that skims over you. The bias cut lets it both cling and skim over you at the same time and its incredibly easy to wear. It simply falls from the neckline, skims over the bust and then the waist and hips are open and easy due to that bias cut silk. The skirt is incredibly full. There are many yards of silk there and the layers all create more movement and swing when you move. The dress also comes with its original massive silk chiffon caped shawl piece. It is cut with one end to be more rounded so you can wear it draped over the shoulder or tie the ends to hold it in place. This gives you many different ways that you can style it and I did a few here for you to see. It is incredible. This is a dress that must be on a body to really come to life. As good as it looks here it is nothing compared to it on and moving. And even as beautiful as it is, it is also a technical masterpiece with all those layers of silk and the way he constructed it. It is very beautiful. Great condition with a minor note below to review
The dress is made from four attached layers of the silk chiffon. It has no closures and slips over the head to wear. Hand finishes. The bias cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes upwards and will just drape more on a smaller size. There are some tiny areas of a slight darkening to the silk on the front near the seam under the waist area. There is so much fabric and draping that for the most part all this is hidden when it is on but it is there. Please see the photo after the label shot.
Bust: 15-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 61" from top of shoulder to hem and the overlay extends another 10" past that
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-MED
Reference Photo: Halston Made to Order Spring 1977 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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