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Object Number 1986.006.0005 ab
Object Name Ensemble
Creator Halston
Creator (when more than 1) Frowick, Roy Halston, 1932-1990
Date 1978-1979
Culture American
Description Evening Pajamas. White silk chiffon evening pajamas. Tunic top, hip length, bat wing sleeves, bias ruffle at neck. Pants: elastic waist, slim legs .
Material Silk chiffon
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Lexicon sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Role Creator Designer
Credit line gift of Anita Gallo Rothstein
Exhibit History-Exhibit # 23
Label LABEL: Halston
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.