Stunning colorful floral dress made of smooth Thai silk. The dress is maxi length, with long, loose sleeves, an empire silhouette, and a high neckline with narrow V - neck slit. The print of the dress is just fantastic - chrysanthemums in neon pinks and purples pop on a black silk background, with streams of purple and pops of bright leaves in two - tone green. The bodice of the dress features bright red piping around the empire waist that is echoed in the frog buttons below the neckline, and in a panel of fabric that peeks out from the center slit of the skirt. Brilliant!
The Thai silk industry burst onto the global stage in the 1950s and 1960s, partly due to the efforts of Jim Thompson, an American businessman who helped introduce it to the American public. Thompson went missing in 1967, but his impact on the industry continues - his house has become a museum and pilgrimage site for those interested in Thai silk textiles and Southeast Asian art. This dress was created during the 1960s when there was a wave of interest in Thai silk and Asian art motifs, leading to the creation of various silk firms.
This is dress is Classic Halston. He created clothing that is both incredibly comfortable and sensual at the same time and without ever being too revealing. Not an easy feat at all ... but he made it look so easy.
The lightweight jersey length and its long sleeves make it perfect for day to nightwear or wear any season of the year. It can be dressed up, down, but just dress in it! Perfect for a night of channeling an era of wild fun!
Roy Halston Frowick was born on 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa. He initially took inspiration to sew from his grandmother. He would create hats for his mother and alter clothing for his sisters. His foundation in fashion progressed in his teen years as he attended Indiana University for a short spell and then The Art Institute of Chicago while earning funds through creating windows displays. Hat making would be his first love and in 1957 opened his first shop. While he had a small but important following, it wasn’t until Jacqueline Kennedy wore her famous (Halston) Pillbox hat in ‘61 that he became an instant success. He rode the wave of fame and fortune for a while but once hats started to go out of fashion, so did Halston’s sales. Halston’s low point would prove to be a test for what was next in his life. After much experimentation, a failed collection, and the help of his well curated team, he developed the minimalist yet irresistible look we all know and love! He was a true creator of culture during his time. Halston’s work was revered within the studio 54 crowd, worn by all the “It Girls” and on the cover of popular magazines.