Early 1980s Halston IV Black Jersey Knit Dolman Sleeved Kaftan


Simple, elegant, and small splash of detail: all the components within a classic Halston piece.
This Kaftan's cut features a deep v neck with a seam the comes down to a slit that allows for breathability and mobility for the wearer. The dolman styled sleeves twist towards the wrist for a bit of a sculptural aesthetic. The hem falls down to the ankle for a relaxed, convenient length. Overall this dress is a staple of Halston's design, never fading from fashion and always perfect for evening dates.

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.
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