Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 6

Rare Halston Hand Painted Caftan



Rare, historical caftan of silk crepe with hand painted and tie dyed images of Hollywood with lilac hair resembling Garbo. Halston's handpainted/tie dyed series from the early 1970's was produced by famed textile house Up Tied. Up Tied was an American textile house (working out of a studio in Chinatown) specialising in hand painted and tie-dyed fabrics founded in 1968 by the husband and wife team Will and Eileen Richardson and Eileen's brother, Tom Pendergast They won a special Coty Award for "major creativity in fabrics" in 1970. This large black silk crepe oversized T shirt shape fits a myriad of shapes. Halston was an early convert and fan and made great use of their creatively dyed velvets and chiffons. Pat Ast, one of Halston's superstars was often seen wearing these handpainted caftans in the early 70's. Halston label in black. Rare and special. 1970's USA. Excellent condition.


  • Designer
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Riverdale, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU46210060

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Free Shipping: Express Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 5 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Riverdale, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer


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.
About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in Riverdale, NY
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
1stDibs seller since 2009
1,227 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 13 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

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...

1970s Maxi Dress

1970's Halston Black Sheer Bias Cut Silk Chiffon Slip Dress w/Cowl Neckline
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970's Halston black sheer bias cut silk chiffon dress with cowl neckline and 3/4" sleeves. Comes with a triple layered bias cut silk chiffon slip with nude colored straps. In excell...

1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 ...

Late 20th Century Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage Halston Navy Blue Chiffon Slip Dress
By Halston
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Halston chiffon dress features a long-sleeve layer that has an elasticized waist and a hook & eye closure. Slip has a V-neckline and tan/neutral-colored shoulder straps. Dress fits m...

1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Halston Emerald Velvet Long Sleeved Wrap Dress, circa 1970s
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage dress by Halston circa 1970s Dark emerald velvet Wrap hook and eye closure waist with elastic band Lapels and raglan shoulder Condition: Excellent vintage condition Size/Meas...

1970s Cocktail Dresses

Halston Tank Dress
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tank dress by Halston Vintage Black Sleeveless Front slit Slip-on Made in the U.S.A. Condition: Excellent, little to no visible wear. (see photos) Size/Measurements: (approximate...

Late 20th Century Evening Dresses and Gowns

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...

1970s Casual Dresses

Halston Black Linen Dress with Cap Sleeves circa 1970s
By Halston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dress by Halston circa 1970s Wrap style with closures inside waistband Short batwing sleeve Includes hook and eye closure in front at bust Condition: Excellent vintage condition Siz...

1970s Cocktail Dresses

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery