c1981 Documented Halston Couture Beaded & Pearl Jacket

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In 1981 Haslton still remained in full control and at the helm of his internartional brand. He has not yet singed the international licensing agreements (that was to happen in 1983) that would be the beginning of his downfall. At this point he was at the top of his game and anyone who was anybody was clamoring for his work. His pieces where sky high and the work impeccable. His beaded and sequin pieces where, like this lovely little jacket all hand made in India and her personally was choosing the fabrics and materials used. The 1981 collection was especially intricate with heavily beaded and sequinned pieces featured. This is one of those pieces and is made of a cut work silk organza in a silver hue whose pattern is held together by looped stitched that run between the pieces and leave a hint of skin peeking through. Over this and following the design is an edging of silver glass tube beads and miniature pearls. All hand applied and placed to give the jacket a swirling organic feel. In the book Halston published by Phiadon, a similar piece in red in shown on Katherine Graham, the American publisher who led the Washington Post for more then two decades. Also from that book is a photo of Halston with models fromt he show and you can see the girl in the gold wearing a similar piece over a skirt and belted with a sash. A great styling option to copy. Really a wonderful piece. Excellent condition.

The body of the jacket is fully lined in a grey silk chiffon and it closes at the front with hook and eye. There may be the very occasional break in the thread but no areas that I can see offhand. Hand done.

Sleeves: 21.5" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: approx 19" flat across but no true side seams due to the cut of the arm
Waist: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Reference Photos both from Halston book published by Phaidon. (1) Halston with models, December 7.1981 photo Ron Galella. (R) Katherine Graham, October 29, 1981, photo Globe photos.

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
Excellent. There may be the very occasional break in the thread but no areas that I can see offhand..
Wear consistent with age and use
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Toronto, Canada
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Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
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