|Creator (when more than 1)||Frowick, Roy Halston, 1932-1990|
Red and camel wool jersey day dress. A line, jewel neck, long fitted sleeves, red at yoke and shoulders, knee length.
Original catalog card missing 4/27/11.
|Lexicon category||3: Personal Artifacts|
|Lexicon sub-category||Clothing -- Outerwear|
|Credit line||gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lichtenstein|
|Exhibit History-Exhibit #||23, 57|
PATTERN INFO: This dress is from the ready-to-wear collection sold at Bergdorf-Goodman, a specialty clothing store in New York City. The bodice of the dress is cut on the bias with an asymmetrical neckline, both front and back, and is joined at the waist to a skirt cut in a single piece on the straight of grain with the seam at the left front. Again there is no shoulder seam, but there are underarm seams on the front and back that join the two pieces of the bodice.
From 1976 until the end of his career, Halston experimented with this neckline- changing the angle, the depth of the width. He often showed it accented with a piece of Elsa Peretti's jewelry. It was also the neckline used on a spiral draped dress in 1934 by Charles James, the great American designer whom he admired and employed briefly in 1970 as a technical consultant. Halston had met James when both were working in Chicago, and readily acknowledged his debt to James. Through their brief collaboration, he sought to help James who, at the end of his life, was destitute. Four years after James died, Halston sponsored a retrospective of his work at the Brooklyn Museum.
"James has always been one of my heros....He's an engineer of fashion...." -Halston