America’s first superstar designer, Halston rose to international fame in the 1970s, creating an empire and personifying the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Reaching beyond the glitz and glamour, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business.
HALSTON The new documentary film captures the epic sweep of the life and times of the legendary designer Roy Halston Frowick, the man who set women free with his unstructured designs and strove to “dress all of America."
Framing the story as an investigation featuring actress and writer Tavi Gevinson as a young archivist diving into the Halston company records, Tcheng expertly weaves rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends, and collaborators including Jacqueline Kennedy, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, and Iman.
What results is a behind-the-headlines look into the thrilling struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and the pressures of big business.
DIRECTED BY: Frédéric Tcheng
FEATURING: Tavi Gevinson
ORIGINAL INTERVIEWS WITH: Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, Gino Balsamo, Karen Bjornson, Walter Bregman, Alva Chinn, Pat Cleveland, Bob Colacello, Fred Dennis, Carl Epstein, Tom Fallon, Don Friese, Lesley Frowick, R. Couri Hay, Sassy Johnson, Naeem Khan, Malcolm “Nick” Lewin, Michael Lichtenstein, Podie Lynch, Patricia Mears, Nancy North, Michael Pellegrino, John David Ridge, Faye Robson, Fred Rottman, Joel Smilow, Paul Wilmot, Jeffrey Wirsing, Peter Wise, Lisa Zay
Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.
Fame from a Pillbox Hat
Born in 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, Halston was the son of James Edward Frowick and his wife Halle Mae. His given name was Roy Halston Frowick, but his family always referred to him with his middle name so as not to confuse him with his Uncle Roy.
Later moving to Indiana at the age of ten, the family was not aware that in the not so distant future, Halston would be one of America’s most influential designers, creating outfits for such notable names like Liza Minnelli, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, and Bianca Jagger.