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Halston Kaftan

1970s HALSTON Minty Green Iridescent Sequin Kaftan Dress
By Halston
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage 70s Halston light green iridescent sequin caftan dress with zipper and belt. Dress has zipper in the middle and thin belt. Size 6/ Medium Bust: 38 inches/ Waist: 34 inches/ H...
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1970s Evening Dresses

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Halston IV 1970s Lavender Purple Kaftan Dress
By Halston
Located in San Francisco, CA
Halston IV 1970's lavender caftan. A fun example of Halston's later design-for-the-masses. Made of a very cool knit fabric that feels like a super-light neoprene. A great cover up fo...
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1970s Kaftans

1970S HALSTON Ombré Silk Chiffon Stripe Kaftan Dress With Crystal Embellishments
By Halston
Located in New York, NY
1970S HALSTON Ombré Silk Chiffon Stripe Kaftan Dress With Crystal Embellishments
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1970s Kaftans

Vintage Halston Silk Caftan With Beaded Trim
By Halston
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous teal silk caftan gown from Halston. It has long dolman sleeves cut in one with the front and back of the dress and a plunging neckline both trimmed with wide braid highli...
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1970s Kaftans

Halston Tangerine Kaftan, 1970s
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Halston Tangerine Kaftan Size Label - Small Shoulder seam to cuff - 28" Front tie to bottom hem - 56" Armpit to armpit - 19" Bust - 19 " Waist - 19.5" Slide Slit - 17" Hips 20" G...
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1970s Kaftans

Halston IV 1970s Lavender Purple Kaftan Dress
By Halston
Located in San Francisco, CA
Halston IV 1970s lavender purple kaftan dress. A great example of Halston's later design-for-the-masses! Made in a very cool (surely synthetic) fabric that has a texture almost like ...
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1970s Kaftans

1970S HALSTON Ombré Silk Chiffon Stripe Kaftan Dress With Crystal Embellishments
By Halston
Located in New York, NY
1970S HALSTON Ombré Silk Chiffon Stripe Kaftan Dress With Crystal Embellishments
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1970s Kaftans

Halston IV Green Caftan
By Halston
Located in Alford, MA
V-neck caftan in bright green polyester with center slit and wide sleeves by Halston IV label, manufactured by Dorian. One size fits all.
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1970s Kaftans

Rare Vintage Halston Black Caftan Silk Dress w/ Empire Waist & Billow Sleeves
By Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Important and rare vintage HALSTON caftan / kaftan silk 1970s / 70s dress! Lovely v-neck Mondrian collar, with chic balloon / billow sleeves, that snap shut at each sleeve cuff. Look...
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1970s Kaftans

Amazing Vintage Halston Lipstick Red Metallic Dorian Caftan Dress Kaftan
By Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning vintage Halston red metallic caftan/dress!!! Signature Halston style. Looks great alone, or belted. Pictured vintage YSL Russian belt is also available in my 1stDibs Shop! L...
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1970s Caftans

Halston Kaftan For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary halston kaftan for your needs in our varied inventory. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Red, Black, Gray and more. Finding a halston kaftan for sale for women should be easy, but there are 1 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Halston Kaftan?

The price for a halston kaftan starts at $145 and tops out at $3,500, and on average, selling for $893.

Halston Biography and Important Works

Recognized for the understated but wholly glamorous fashions he introduced in the 1970s, and revered today for his vintage dresses, sunglasses, handbags and other enduring designs, Roy Halston Frowick defined the spare, body-conscious style of the so-called Studio 54 era. In doing so, he became a legend himself, known simply as Halston, a lean moniker that represented the visionary minimalist ideals he would inject into the world of fashion.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa — but raised in Evansville, Indiana — Halston moved to Chicago in 1952, where he worked as a window dresser by day and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at night. In the late 1950s, he moved to New York City. As the hat designer for Bergdorf Goodman, he had his first encounter with fame in 1961 when Jackie Kennedy wore a pillbox hat he designed to President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Less than a decade later, after hats fell out of fashion and sales plummeted, Halston launched his own ready-to-wear line and opened a ​​Madison Avenue boutique.

One of Halston’s early successes was the sexy Ultrasuede shirtdress, an unassuming adaptation of a man’s oxford shirt introduced in 1972 that became a fashion staple for the well-dressed woman. Named for a washable synthetic fabric that evokes the feel of suede — Halston is said to have previously seen innovative designer Issey Miyake wearing the material — the Ultrasuede shirtdress was cut to complement many figures with buttons that began at the breastbone rather than at the garment’s structured neckline. In one season, 60,000 were sold. Ultrasuede became a Halston signature, and he would use the fabric in coats, luggage and other items.

But it was his seductively simple nightlife designs that made Halston an international name. Often cut on the bias or sewn with single seams, his garments were constructed to flatter the female form like no evening gowns that had come before, popularizing such styles as the halter dress. “Halston brought a spark of the divine to everything he did,” said model Pat Cleveland during an interview about the 2021 Netflix series based on his life.

And, for a while, the designer was as ubiquitous in the clubs as his designs. “For two decades, [Halston] was the king of New York nightlife,” wrote Steven Gaines in Vanity Fair. He was a regular at Studio 54, partying with the likes of Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli and his Halstonettes, his coterie of glamorous models and muses that included Elsa Peretti. The close friend and collaborator of Halston’s transformed diamond jewelry for Tiffany & Co. after signing a contract with the storied American luxury house in 1974.

Halston won four Coty American Fashion Critics' Awards over the course of his career. In 1973, he sold his company to Norton Simon, and in the early 1980s, it switched ownership again. By 1984, neither his name nor his company were his own. Halston continued to work, however. He collaborated with close friend and legendary choreographer Martha Graham, designing critically acclaimed costumes for her, including for her dance work Persephone in 1987. Halston died of complications from AIDS in 1990.

Today, Halston’s designs can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and more.

Find vintage Halston clothing and fashion accessories today on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Day Dresses for You

Luxurious and versatile, designer day dresses are as well suited to tea at an upscale hotel as they are to your next garden or rooftop party.

Today’s featherlight unisex day dresses — as well as the vibrant vintage day dresses of the 1950s and ’60s — look quite different from the heavy, fabric-rich de rigueur garments of the Victorian era. In the late 19th century, a woman of a certain standing might have multiple dresses to wear throughout the day: specifically, one or two for the daytime and one for the evening. For example, a long-sleeve silk dress with a prominently flared back and a round collar of gold beaded lace that hugs the neck would be suitable for stepping out during the day, while a velvet gown trimmed in silk embroidery but overall comparatively informal in appearance would be worn for afternoon tea at home. At night, a silk velvet evening dress could feature natural world motifs such as butterflies (a characteristic of Art Nouveau design) and have short sleeves adorned with lace and ruffles and a scooped neckline — the perfect attire for the theater.

During the 1920s, after all the chores were done, a woman would change from her housework clothing into a more fashionable day dress to run her errands or socialize. Some 1920s day dresses were brightly colored and featured bold patterns — a cotton dress with a dazzling floral print, perhaps, or, in the case of the more venturesome Art Deco apparel sold in high-end couture fashion boutiques of the era, semi-sheer silk garments embellished with three-dimensional beadwork or rich metallic gold lamé.

Today, a closet full of casual vintage day dresses is a must-have. Whether you opt for black, crimson or beige, day dresses bring an element of glamour to your next appointment, and in the summer, who doesn’t love a wonderfully simple, lightweight day dress cut in cotton and linen?

Because different fashion designers of every decade have offered their own take on the widely loved day dress, you’ll be able to find a variety of vintage and designer day dresses on 1stDibs. Search by creator to find enduring designs by the likes of Emilio Pucci, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, or browse by period to uncover a scintillating collection of cotton and satin patterned dresses of the 1950s and ’60s.