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c.1974 Halston Bias Cut Red Silk Chiffon Ruffle Collar & Cuff Dress
This wonderful red silk chiffon Halston dress is a beautiful example of his work during this time period. He was a master at combining function and ease but without sacrificing glamour. He did this with the very minimum of seaming. His pieces that were bias cut, like this one, almost seem shapeless off the hanger and it is only when they are slipped on that they drape and settle into place the way they were intended. They seem simple but are not.A similar dress in cut was photoed for Vogue in 1974 and that reference photo is included here. This dress is entirely cut on the bias with that minimal seaming signature of his. The color is a beautiful clear red that is flattering on most skin tones. It is feather light and you are barely conscious of wearing anything once it is on. The cut through the body is extremely loose and easy, there is elastic at the waist but it is there as almost an afterthought as it does not cinch in the waist at all. It is more there to give the piece the slightest of shape and add to the soft gathers. The neckline is deep and even deeper if you leave the hidden snaps open. There are attached ties above the slit front of the neck and the collar is a double layer of flounced silk ruffles. Each sleeve is soft and full and these end with a ruffle finish. The skirt is full and open. The matching silk sash can be worn wrapped around the waist to add shape. You could also wear it wrapped turban style or at the neck. If the sash is not worn the dress has a more full, caftan feel and will land between mid-calf and ankle length depending on your height. If cinched at the waist, the length pulls up more to land between knee and calf. Excellent overall condition with a note to review below The body and skirt of the dress are constructed from two layers of bias cut silk chiffon. The sleeves and shoulders are unlined. It is entirely bias cut and just slips over the head to wear. Ties at the neck and a very wide elastic at the waist. Each cuff is finished with elastic above the ruffled ends. The sash is original. Hand finished. Note that there are some marks on the front skirt toward the side closer to the hem. The volume and cut effectively hide these once on but they are there. I photoed them for your reference. The easy cut will allow it to fit a full range of sizes Sleeves: approx 23" Shoulders: no defined shoulder seams Bust: to 22-25" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: to 20-23" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: open Bodice: to 20" from top of bodice to dropped waist Skirt: 35" from dropped waist to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-XL Please send us a note to see this Reference Photo: (1) Model wearing Halston. Photo by Richard Avedon. Vogue US, December 1974. Shown: Cherie by Erin Leydon. This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
- Condition DetailsSome marks on front of skirt toward side closer to hem. Cut and volume effectively hide once on - photoed for reference. Expand description above for full notes and measurements.
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsD 55 in.D 139.7 cm
- Bust25 in. (63.5 cm)
- Waist23 in. (58.42 cm)
- Length55 in. (139.7 cm)
- Seller LocationRockwood, CA
- Seller Reference NumberItem# DD2992
- Reference NumberLU1284688413
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