Evening dress Halston (American, Des Moines, Iowa 1932–1990 San Francisco, California) Date: 1970s Culture: American Medium: nylon, plastic

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Halston Evening gown, c. 1976 Silk jersey Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Roy Halston Frowick came to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute. He opened a millinery studio in the early 1950s and later moved to New York to launch his dressmaking career. Halston soon became known for his classical designs in silk jersey and Ultrasuede. This gown is one of more than 60 couture pieces featured in the exhibition Chic Chicago: Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum.

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Gorgeous brown jersey and silk chiffon Halston maxi dress with a built in bra, an open back halter neckline, long chiffon angel sleeves and a wiggle

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Halston: design house named after designer Roy Halston Frowick; opened for business in 1968 for private clients and RTW in 1972; one of the most influential and talked about designers during the 1970s for his chic, superior fabrics and classic designs

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Halston sportswear ad. Angelica Houston (bottom left) and Pat Cleveland was one of his many signature models

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