Designer Halston American

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FLUENCY 1. Fluent quality; smoothness, ease, and readiness:

Halston’s shirtdress, introduced in 1972 and made of supple and washable Ultrasuede, became a staple item for the many women who appreciated its effortless quality. His adaptations of the basic construction of a man’s shirt included slimmer sleeves, a slight A-line flare, the addition of a self-fabric belt, and the elimination of a collar-height button, subtly revealing the décolletage. Although one journalist called it "the suede uniform," the dress facilitated individual styling—the collar could be worn up or down, the sleeves straight or rolled up, and the belt tied as the wearer chose.

Shirtdress, Halston (American, Des Moines, Iowa 1932–1990 San Francisco, California), Synthetic, American

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