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Halston

American, 1932-1990

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.

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Designer: Halston
HALSTON c.1970's Burgundy Suede Leather Art Deco Avant Garde Tied Obi Waist Belt
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in Thiensville, WI
HALSTON c.1970's Burgundy Suede Leather Art Deco Avant Garde Tied Obi Waist Belt Circa: 1970’s Brand/Manufacturer: Halston Designer: Roy Halston Frowick Style: Obi belt Color(s): S...
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1970s Halston

Halston Brown Suede & Metallic Gold Leather Handbag
By Halston
Located in New York, NY
Halston's warm brown suede with metallic gold calfskin leather has details of superb top stitching along with metallic gold piping throughout this handbag. The straps can be de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Halston

Purple silk velvet Opéra coat Halston
By Halston
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Purple silk velvet Opéra coat. SIZE L
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Size 12 / 14 Perwinkle Print Silk Damask Vintage 70s Wrap Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic and classic late 1970s HALSTON periwinkle print silk damask Avant Garde wrap dress and sash! Features periwinkles printed in vibrant hues of red, purple and green throughout. Wr...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Vintage Black Stretch Strapless Tube Top
By Halston
Located in Portland, OR
This is a 1970's vintage Halston black puckered elastic tube top. It has really unique elastic veins along the inside of the fabric that create a unique puckered effect on the revers...
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1970s Halston

Halston Pearl Crochet and Gold Bugle Beaded Silk Organza Lace Jacket, 1980s
By Halston
Located in San Francisco, CA
A gorgeous 1980s Halston faux pearl, crochet and gold bugle beaded silk organza lace jacket. Unlined. No closures. Originally sold at Amen Wardy. Size 6-8.
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1980s Halston

1970s Halston Midnight Navy Blue Silk Velvet Vintage 70s Plunge Faux Wrap Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
The silk velvet on this amazing 1970s HALSTON midnight navy blue faux wrap dress is the most luxurious velvets that I have ever felt! I can only imagine how incredible it feels on (i...
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1970s Halston

Halston Halter Wrap Dress (Circa 1970s)
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Halter wrap dress by Halston 1970's Black crepe jersey Wrapping surplice bodice Seamless halter Double hidden hook closure at waist Asymmetrical drape from waist Condition: Excell...
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1970s Halston

Halston Purple Chiffon Halter Dress, c.1970s.
By Halston
Located in New York, NY
Halston Purple Chiffon Halter Dress, c.1970s. Halston layered chiffon purple halter dress with empire bodice and handkerchief skirt. Low cut back with hidden side zipper closure and ...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Canary Yellow + White Chevron Striped Bell Sleeve 70s Scarf Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Amazing vintage 1970s HALSTON canary yellow and white chevon striped silk scarf dress! Features a beautiful yellow color with flattering thin white chevron stripes throughout. Attach...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston chiffon skirt and top sheer
By Halston
Located in Austin, TX
1970s Halston chiffon skirt and top - sheer. Condition: good, some wear and discoloration on skirt 24" waist Size XS Skirt : 24" Waist, 42" Hips, 35" Length
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1970s Halston

Vintage Halston Beaded Black Jersey Evening Gown
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Halston black jersey bias cut evening gown with asymmetrical beaded panels, low neckline, deep V at back, long sleeves, and slit. Excellent Vintage Condition. Measurements ...
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Late 20th Century Halston

1970S Halston Cream Silk Jersey Plunging Neckline Gown With Angora & Cashmere K
By Halston
Located in New York, NY
This gown has a modesty panel inside for options of wear. Beautifully hand finished and in near mint condition 1970S Halston Cream Silk Jersey Plunging Neckline Gown With Angora & Ca...
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1970s Halston

70s Halston Halter Dress with Attached Sheer Angel Sleeve Shawl Silk Chiffon HTF
By Halston
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
This fabulous Halston halter dress is from 1975 and has an ethereal quality with its attached sheer shawl that can be worn as angel sleeves or pushed around the neck, shawl-style. F...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Green Ultrasuede Button Front Chore Jacket Style Shirt
By Halston
Located in Portland, OR
This Halston 1970's rich deep grass green ultrasuede shirt is styled like a chore jacket with deep front patch pockets. You can wear this as a light jacket with a tee shirt underneat...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Silk Jersey Champagne Slinky Sleeveless Vintage 70s Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful 1970s HALSTON silk jersey slinky dress ! The perfect champagne / buttercream / soft yellow color is great for any time of year. Simply slips over the head and stretches to ...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Purple Plunging One Piece Vintage 70s Halter Swimsuit Bodysuit
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare and sexy 1970s HALSTON purple one piece plunging halter swimsuit OR bodysuit ! Beautiful purple jewel tone color. This rare beauty is one of 6 Halston swimsuits that I recently ...
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1970s Halston

Halston Navy Silk Dress with Butterfly Sleeves, circa 1970s
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage dress by Halston circa 1970s Navy double layer silk Butterfly sleeve Scoop neck Condition: Excellent vintage condition Size/Measurements: 14" shoulder to shoulder 6.5" slee...
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1970s Halston

Halston MET Musuem 1970s Fully Fringed Beaded Flapper Style Vintage 70s Dress
By Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Extraordinary and super rare HALSTON Couture 1970s fully beaded and sequin fringed silk chiffon hi-lo flapper dress! An almost exact version of this rare gem is in the MET Museum! Fe...
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1970s Halston

1970s HALSTON Black Silk Tulip Hem Hi-Lo Wrap Halter Vintage 70s Maxi Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy and iconic 70s HALSTON black silk crepe tulip hem wrap halter maxi dress ! Low plunging bodice with skirt that wraps with hidden hook-and-eye closure. Such a flattering fit with...
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1970s Halston

Halston Peach Ultrasuede Resort Safari Pant and Tunic Ensemble - Medium, 1970s
By Halston
Located in Tucson, AZ
Designers Roy Halston and Yves Saint Laurent both revolutionized women's daywear by introducing safari collections that incorporated practical elements like large pockets, hoods and ...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Jumpsuit Lilac Lavender Purple Silk Jersey w/ Sash Belt 70s
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Museum worthy 1970s vintage HALSTON lilac / lavender / purple silk jersey disco jumpsuit and matching sash belt ! I have been collecting Halston pieces for years, and this has to be ...
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1970s Halston

Halston 09 ivory cream plisse grecian style backless wedding maxi dress gown 42
By Halston
Located in Paris, FR
Halston 2009 Floor length grecian style plisse gown in cream Completely backless cut FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!!! Composition: 100% Cupro Size : Marked as a size 42 - I believe this...
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Early 2000s Halston

1970s Halston Silk Rayon Sleeveless Chic Vintage 70s Little Black Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
The perfect HALSTON 1970s little black dress ! I just love the lines on this beauty. While it looks like a halter dress from the front, it is not a halter dress. Buttons up the front...
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1970s Halston

Halston 1970s Pistachio Green Ultra Suede Short Sleeve Vintage 70s Shirt Dress
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic 1970s HALSTON pistachio green ultra suede short sleeve belted shirt dress ! The perfect color green on the softest most luxurious ultra suede that Halston was famed for. This is...
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1970s Halston

Halston 1970s Brown Rust H Logo Buckles Two Piece Vintage 70s Bikini Swimsuit
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Another 1970s HALSTON brown / rust two piece bikini swimsuit ! This is one of five swimsuits from a halstonette model herself. Ivory colored lucite buckles in the signature H shape. ...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Crimson Red Ultra Suede Long Sleeve Vintage 70s Shirt Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic vintage 70s HALSTON crimson red ultra suede long sleeve shirt dress ! Buttons up the front, and can also be worn as a duster. Pockets at both side of the hips. Dress this classi...
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1970s Halston

1970s HALSTON Ultrasuede Tan Sand Belted Vintage 70s Shirt Dress Duster Jacket
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
The possibilities are endless with this chic 1970s HALSTON ultrasuede long sleeve belted shirt dress or duster trench jacket ! Features the perfect neutral color. Sleek shape with a ...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Beaded Black Iridescent Sequin Waterfall Feather Print 70s Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Iconic vintage HALSTON for Neiman Marcus 1970s feather waterfall print black and iridescent colored sequin disco Studio 54 dress ! Features thousands of hand-sewn sequins throughout ...
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1970s Halston

Halston Chiffon Tank and Beaded Jacket
By Halston
Located in Riverdale, NY
Halston 2 piece set. Black double silk chiffon tank top matched with a cotton tulle jacket with iridescent beading. The sheer cotton tulle overjacket is piped in silk satin and has n...
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1980s Halston

1970's HALSTON black bias silk cut dress with high slit
By Halston
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Jet-black, bias-cut dress with high center front slit from Halston dating to the late 1970's. Best fits a US 4-6. Approximate measurements are 34" at bust, 33" at waist and 46" in t...
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1970s Halston

Vintage 1977 Halston Couture Gold and Silver Beaded Silk Maxi Wrap Gown Jacket
By Halston
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Halston revolutionized the way women dress and is one of the few designers, alongside Claire McCardell and Norman Norell, to define what is American fashion. Throughout most of the s...
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1970s Halston

1970s HALSTON Black Beaded Silk Halter Jumpsuit
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage 70s Halston black silk beaded V neck halter jumpsuit with exposed back. Bust: 32”/ Waist: 25” /Hip: 34” Best fit size: 2/XS
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Forest Green Silk Chiffon Layered Bias Cut Asymmetrical Maxi Dress
By Halston
Located in San Francisco, CA
1970s Halston Forest Green Silk Chiffon Asymmetrical Maxi. One shoulder is sheer chiffon and the other shoulder is constructed of layered bias cut chiffon. Balloon sleeves. Slips ove...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Ultra Suede Tan Brown Vintage 70s Fedora Hat
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic 1970s HALSTON ultra suede tan fedora hat ! Features the soft versatile ultra suede Halston was known for. Can easily be washed in the washing machine ( on cold water and gentle ...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Black Label Couture Jersey Dress
By Halston
Located in London, GB
An absolutely superb and collectable Halston black label couture 1970s goddess dress. Halston clearly took inspiration from an earlier era and this has elements of 1940s and 1950s fa...
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1970s Halston

1980s Halston Black Label Iridescent Beaded Tunic with Belt
By Halston
Located in London, GB
This magnificent Halston black label top is from one of his mainline collections circa 1980 - 1984. This period was amongst the most opulent for the designer and many of his designs...
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1980s Halston

Halston Heritage Plisse Georgette Gown
By Halston
Located in London, GB
This gown by Halston Heritage is such an uplifting choice for weddings and garden parties this summer, it's cut from plisse-georgette and has an elasticated waist that not only defin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Halston

Halston Checked Wool Cape Skirt Ensemble
By Halston
Located in Riverdale, NY
Elegant Halston Checked Wool Cape Skirt Ensemble composed of open cape and long flared skirt in a brown/beige check. Cape is simply cut with front slash opening. Bias skirt is ingeni...
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1970s Halston

Halston Crinkle Cotton Striped Day Dress
By Halston
Located in Riverdale, NY
Elegant and timeless Halston Crinkle Chocolate Cotton Striped Day Dress in a shirtwaist style with self belt. Deep dolman sleeves have stripes running lengthwise. Old stock with addi...
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1970s Halston

1960s Halston Ivory White Brown Mongolian Lamb Fur Vintage 60s Hat and Muff Rare
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic and super rare early 60s HALSTON Mongolian lamb fur hat and matching muff ! Jackie O Kennedy wore a Halston hat and muff to the 1961 presidential inauguration, making Halston a ...
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1960s Halston

Halston 1970's Macrame Suede Rich Hippie Vest
By Halston
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Halston Rare 1970's Macrame Suede Rich Hippie Vest Size Small Bust 30" Waist 25" Length 17" Excellent condition
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Savage MET Museum Logo Print Plunging Vintage 70s Swimsuit & Tunic
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare and collectible 1970s HALSTON Savage one piece plunging swimsuit and matching tunic ! Features red and white H logo print throughout. Halter wrap style that ties at front center...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Black Sequin Pant Suit On Matte Jersey "Liza Minnelli" Style
By Halston
Located in San Francisco, CA
A fabulous 1970s Halston black solid sequin pant suit on matte jersey, This classic Halston look made Liza Minnelli famous! Get your Glam on! New, never worn. Size 8.
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1970s Halston

1970s HALSTON Cashmere Camel Tan 70s Vintage Dress and Cardigan Sweater Jacket
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
No one did cashmere or beading quite like HALSTON! This chic 1970s HALSTON ensemble consists of a long cashmere cardigan and sleeveless cashmere dress. Simply slips over the head and...
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1970s Halston

Halston Purple Silk Single Shoulder Silk Evening Gown 1970's
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970's Halston purple silk evening gown with a single shoulder strap and wrap skirt featuring a draped waist tie. The silk fabric which the bodice and waist tie are fabricated from i...
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1970s Halston

Halston 1970s Documented Beaded Dress
By Halston
Located in Water Mill, NY
Featured in "Halston: An American Original" by Elaine Gross and Red Rottham, this beautiful sleeveless off white silk dress from Halston is completely adorned in horizontal rows of e...
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1970s Halston

Halston 1970s Silk Wrap Dress
By Halston
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous rich black silk wrap dress by Halston. It has a wrap front, draped neckline and long dolman sleeves with pointed cuffs all closing with a small self covered buttons. The ...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Ultrasuede Khaki Brown Double Breasted Vintage Spy Trench Jacket
By Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Classic vintage 70s HALSTON Ultrasuede khaki / light brown double breasted spy trench jacket / coat ! Features the classic soft and wearable ultra suede fabric Halston created that i...
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1970s Halston

Halston 1970s Gold Metallic Silk Lurex Couture Vintage Disco Wrap Shirt Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy and iconic 70s HALSTON gold metallic silk lurex wrap shirt dress! Features a stunning silhouette, with a plunging neckline in a flattering wrap style. Studio 54 at its' finest! ...
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1970s Halston

Vintage 1970's Halston Couture Watercolor Silk-Chiffon Caftan Capelet Slip Dress
By Halston
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous Halston Couture watercolor rainbow stripe silk-chiffon slip dress with matching caftan style capelet dating back to the mid 1970's Throughout most of the seventies Halston e...
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1970s Halston

1970s Halston Kelly Green Silk 3/4 Sleeves Vintage 70s Shirt Dress w/ Pockets
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic classic 1970s HALSTON 3/4 sleeves silk shirt dress ! Buttons up the front. Pockets at each side of the waist. The perfect dress for anytime of year. Very well made with heavy at...
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1970s Halston

Halston NWT $12k Vintage Size 6 Open Back Black Silk Sequin Gown Dress
By Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Insanely beautiful, rare, AND important brand new with original $12,000 price tag (would equal well over $20,000 today), this vintage HALSTON Couture gown is truly breathtaking! Blac...
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1990s Halston

1970s Halston NWT Gold + Silver 70s Vintage Lurex Gown + Duster Cardigan
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Museum worthy deadstock ( new with original store tags ) 1970s HALSTON metallic gold and silver lurex evening gown and duster cardigan jacket ! Soft stretch lurex fabric. Maxi dress ...
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1970s Halston

Halston Couture Pastel Rainbow Hand Beaded -Sequin Silk Dress Gown, 1970s
By Halston
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Lightness is key to vintage Halston. No matter the mood that a vintage Halston design evoked his styles always present themselves as effortless and aware of the wearer’s shape. With ...
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1970s Halston

Vintage Halston Breathtaking Documented Ombre Avant Garde Silk Dress
By Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Ultra rare 1970s vintage Halston silk ivory dress, with blue ombré effect. Documented dress, with the figure flattering cut Halston was famous for. Bears the original Halston label, ...
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1970s Halston

Vintage Halston Gorgeous Size 8 Botanical Tropical Print Cap Sleeve Maxi Dress
By Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous vintage HALSTON vibrant colored Hawaiian / Tropical print maxi dress! Features a terracotta backdrop with brightly colored abstract flowers in purple, red, orange, sorbet, g...
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Late 20th Century Halston

Halston Goddess Dress Circa 1970’s
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Goddess Dress by Halston Circa 1970s Burgundy Draped sleeves Slip-on Scoop neck dress Sheer sleeves layers Lined interior Condition: Excellent vintage condition (see photos) Size/Me...
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1970s Halston

Halston fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Halston fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red, purple, green and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Geoffrey Beene, James Galanos and Emanuel Ungaro appealing. Find designer, vintage and haute couture Halston fashion from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $195 and tops out at $12,500, while the average work can sell for $1,725. .

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