Who designed Jacqueline Kennedy’s pillbox hat for JFK’s1961 inauguration? It was Halston (American, Des Moines, Iowa 1932–1990 San Francisco, California). When hats went out of fashion, he moved on to clothing and when he made this move Newsweek dubbed him “the premier fashion designer of all America.” His sexy bias dress is synonymous with 70s fashion and he was worn by the in crowd. His story did not end well but I won’t go into that.
This bias cut and off the shoulder designs such as this red silk gown from 1978 appeared in many of his collections. It simple but sexy call back to the classic Greek himation (that gown like cloak that you see on all those statues-well, when they actually have clothes on) looks as it has the possibility of just falling off.
This dress was a gift of Alexandra Auchincloss Herzan from the collection of Lily Auchincloss in 1996. To see more Halston in the Met’s collection, its archive accession number is 1996.480.3 at https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/79269
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Okay, okay. Just one more photo from The Met. I find the Art of the Arab Lands is not as appreciated as it should be. I love the mosaics and intricate carved wood -- I always feel more peaceful in that wing!