This custom gown was produced by designer Renato Balestra and graced the cover of all Ebony Fashion Fair advertisements for the 1994-1995 event. Long flowing metallic blue maxi halter dress has an inner belt creating a blouson draped bodice. Snap closure at back. Ties at high neck. The large rectangular shawl measures 8'4"x 4'3" and is trimmed in matching blue ostrich feathers with silver metallic threads. Own a piece of American cultural history that is perfect for stage and screen or for your next big night out! This gown has great stories to tell... if only it could speak when it sparkles!
Modern size 2-4 Dress - Bust: 34, Waist: 26, Hip: 39
Shawl - Length: 114, Width: 57
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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.