HALSTON - Original VINTAGE c. 1970’s Halter Jumpsuit with Matching Long Cardigan Kimono Style JacketHeavy Black Silk Organza jeweled with Navy Iris Bugle beads Size 8 – appears unworn
After rising in the fashion world in the sixties as a milliner for Bergdorf Goodman (and, famously, Jacqueline Kennedy), Roy Halston Frowick launched his eponymous womenswear label in 1968, buoyed by his connections with socialites and celebrities. The label is noted for its luxurious but minimalist, modern designs, like heavyweight cashmere evening dresses, ultrasuede wrap coats, and simple jersey sarongs. Halston expanded to include menswear and perfume in 1975. In its heyday, the label was known for A-list clientele including Lauren Bacall, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, and Liz Taylor. Newsweek dubbed Halston "the best designer in America" in 1972. The label has had no less than eight separate owners and six designers since Halstons death, from John David Ridge through Randolph Duke and Bradley Bayou. It was revived in fall 2008 by Harvey Weinstein, Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon, and stylist Rachel Zoe. Marios Schwab took over as the head designer for the label in 2010. The same year, Sarah Jessica Parker was appointed as the president and chief creative officer of Halston Heritage, which is Halston's secondary line featuring the label's archival looks. After investors Harvey Weinstein and Tamara Mellon announced they were backing out of the label in July 2011, both Marios Schwab and Sarah Jessica Parker left the fashion house. The designer-level Halston collection is said to be discontinued, and the label will instead focus on its diffusion line, Halston Heritage. No successor has been named and the label didn't show a collection for spring 2012.
This Exquisite Ensemble was designed and manufactured in the late 1970’s. This has “Studio 54” written all-over it. This could have been made specifically for LIZA MINELLI As it features all of the specifics that she chose for her personal & professional wardrobe. The body of the fabrication is a double layered Black Silk Organza – Semi sheer Deep Vee Decolletage and the Jumpsuit is totally backless Fastens with a hook at the Silk Waistband with a zipper closure for the pant. The Halter Top is chic and simple with no decoration nor beading. If you have a large bosom, this may not be for you. 19” from Waistband to the back of Halter fastening pulled tight. 26” Waistband 42” Hipline 45” from Waistband to Cuffline 17” Circumference at Cuffline Tagged a Size 8 Arms and shoulders and back are completely bare.
The Jacket32” Long from left of rear neckline to hemline Round Jewel Neckline with a single hook closure Inset Long Wide Kimono Style Sleeves 27” Long from Shoulder to longest point on the Sleeve 37 ½” Bustline -End to End 45 ½” Hemline - End to End Tagged a Size 8
The Navy Blue Iris Bugle Beading is done completely by hand. You can see the hand stitching through the lining and the edged French seams. The dramatic beading was clearly influenced by the movements of the-Ocean. The undulating Waves and the Whorls of the Eddys. Both the Jacket and the Pant of the Jumpsuit are encrusted with this patterned beading. The craftsmanship is utterly amazing I have not noticed any bead-loss at all. Made in the USA
This outfit is so timely that it could have rocked the Red Carpet yesterday. The Halter Neckline, the Jumpsuit, and the Sheerness Have appeared on every important Runway this year. Undergarments will have to be a consideration, Although, the Jacket covers the strategic points on the Pant. A Fashion Treasure meant for the collector. 1st Dibs is presently showing contemporaries of this ensemble. I think that this is SPECTACULAR
This is a Dramatic “Red Carpet” Ensemble Will be spectacular for a cruise or a warm evening out on the town Made for the Runway. Elegant and chic and magnificently detailed This piece of Fashion History is forever The Jacket would be amazing worn with a “little Black Dress.”