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Responding to the glitz and glamour of the 1980s, Halston began adding elaborate beading to his graceful evening ensembles, many of which were made in India.
This fabulous lavender silk evening ensemble with an exquisite beaded jacket is characteristic of Halston's later designs. The jacket is encrusted with bugle beads and sequins, interspersed with long strands of bugle beads. The hem of the jacket and the cuffs are lined with additional strands of beads, creating a dense fringe. The accompanying floor-length silk halter-top dress, based on the form of a tulip, features a wrapped skirt and matching sash.
Elizabeth Weymouth (b. 1943), New York; through (Stan Weaver, New York); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1986).