1970s Halston Black Label Couture Jersey Dress

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An absolutely superb and collectable Halston black label couture 1970s goddess dress. Halston clearly took inspiration from an earlier era and the has elements of 1940s and 1950s fashion. It is impeccably made with a lavish amount of pleating, ruching and draping of the wonderful fluid silk jersey fabric. This extends to the low crossover bust which folds delicately over the gathered wide waistband. The dress is a crossover skirt in a tulip shape. What is most remarkable about this dress is the phenomenal pleated cape that falls from the top of the shoulders. It has just the most stunning draping that covers the top of the arms but allows you full use of them too. Halston didn't stop there and behind the back fastening zip, the dress has a wide internal waist shaper or waspie to nip the waist in. The dress is made from three layers of silk jersey ensuring that the dress has the desired weighted effect and fluidity of movement. It could be worn with or without further undergarments.

The dress is in beautiful vintage condition and presents extremely well. It has the American union label at the bottom of the zip and another manufacturing ticket with the name Marg - perhaps she made the dress! On careful inspection we notice a handful of small breaks in the jersey away from the front of the dress. Most of these are absolutely minuscule and barely bigger than a pinhead but there is one that is around 4 millimetres. Because the dress is triple layered it is very difficult to see this blemish and it's virtually impossible to detect when worn. There are no other issues with the dress and it really is a rare piece of fashion history. The sizing label has been cut out but we estimate this is a best fit for size UK 6 - 8 or US 2 - 4.

Bust - 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Waist - 26 in. (66 cm)
Hip - 40 in. (101 cm)
Length - 45 in. (114.3 cm)
Shoulders - 16.5 in. (41.9 cm)