|Object Number||1986.006.0005 ab|
|Creator (when more than 1)||Frowick, Roy Halston, 1932-1990|
|Description||Evening Pajamas. White silk chiffon evening pajamas. Tunic top, hip length, bat wing sleeves, bias ruffle at neck. Pants: elastic waist, slim legs .|
|Lexicon category||3: Personal Artifacts|
|Lexicon sub-category||Clothing -- Outerwear|
|Credit line||gift of Anita Gallo Rothstein|
|Exhibit History-Exhibit #||23|
PATTERN/Construction INFO: Both the tunic and pants are cut of two bias layers. The tunic is seamed at the sides, underarms and the neck edge where a collar ruffle made from a circle is attached. The pants are seamed at the center front, center back, and inseam. Casings for drawstrings create the flounce at the wrists. This design required especially wide fabric that Halston found in Italy. Many of his designs were made in chiffon because it could be specially manufactured for him as wide as 118 inches. Some of his specially created fabrics cost as much as $280 per yard at the time.
Halston's goal for each design was to eliminate unnecessary closures, trimmings and seams on the dresses as well as the accessories. The two or three yards of fabric needed for a seamless bias chiffon sash belt could cost as much as $200 in the late 1970s.