Incredible 1980s - does - 1940s Fabrice black silk cocktail dress! The dress is knee length, with long sleeves and a jewel neckline. The dress has a sheath silhouette, with a sarong - like skirt that harkens back to the Polynesian craze of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The deep black silk of the dress is offset by rectangular sequins stitched onto the fabric, in addition to the elegant, detailed floral bead and sequin work located at the hip, shoulders, sleeves, and skirt hem. Beaded fringe at the hip and hem dangle vibrantly.
Hatian-Born Fabrice Simon was at the center of New York nightlife in the 1980s, designing fashions for clients including Whitney Houston, Christie Brinkley, Jerry Hall, Iman, Cornelia Guest, Beverly Johnson, Kathleen Turner, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Cole, Nina Griscom, and Toukie Smith.
36 in. (91.44 cm)
32 in. (81.28 cm)
40 in. (101.6 cm)
40 in. (101.6 cm)
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.