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“His name built an empire. His style defined an era.”

Netflix has an upcoming limited series from Executive Producer Ryan Murphy called HALSTON

The miniseriesfollows the meteoric rise and fall of gay American fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick. You probably know him today by his mononym Halston. 

Dubbed as the first American celebrity fashion designer, Halston is best-known for designing the iconic pillbox hat worn by the former First Lady of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy to the inauguration of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1961. Later, Halston would be famous for defining the fashion of the 1970s disco era but at the time, he was an “up-and-coming New York milliner.” According to CNN, Halston “apparently spent hours sandwiched between two mirrors, shaping Jackie’s hat into a perfect, simple dome.”

In the late 1960s, Halston launched his own apparel line which included both his ready-to-wear and couture collections. His line reportedly also “included hats, scarves, furs, leather apparel, shoes and jewelry” and in the 70s, his clothes were worn by practically “every fashionable woman in the country,” says The New York Times. Halston’s fashion shows, which was described by his close friend Andy Warhol as ”the art form of the 70’s,” were often graced by the likes of Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Martha Graham, Bianca Jagger, and Candice Bergen to name a few.

Somewhere along the way, his life, as Netflix put it, started to spin out of control especially when he “signed an agreement with J. C. Penney in 1982 to design lower-priced clothes.” Halston wanted to dress America, but the Penney deal proved to be the beginning of his downfall. 

Halston passed away on March 26, 1990 in San Francisco at the age of 57 due to Kaposi’s sarcoma, an AIDS-related cancer. To learn more about Halston, read here

 HALSTON will premiere on Netflix this coming Friday, May 14. It stars Ewan McGregor who plays the role of the legendary designer Roy Halston Frowick, Rory Culkin as Joel Schumacher, Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minnelli, Gian Franco Rodriguez as Victor Hugo, among many others. 

Happy viewing!

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