Conversations – Balenciaga and Halston

Balenciaga dress, c.1960.
Balenciaga dress, c.1960.

When Caroline and Alistair first started thinking about this project, one of the elements that really captivated them was the design connections that can be made between designers across time. In fact, these connections played an important role when they were choosing the designers and later the dresses for each designer. Not by coincidence, all the dresses chosen have interesting drapery.

As I dive deeper into the research side of the project, some other connections are surfacing. I already uncovered the close friendship between Vionnet and Balenciaga. As I continue to focus on Balenciaga, I came across this image, which could be seen as an ancestor to our Halston dress. Unfortunately referencing is not a common practice in the internet, so please bear with me as try to source its provenance.

Halston sarong dress, 1976. © 2015 The Museum at FIT
Halston sarong dress, 1976. © 2015 The Museum at FIT

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