Directed by Frédéric Tcheng
“A poignant character study of a misfit ultimately undone by his excessive hunger to prove himself.”—Guy Lodge, Variety
America’s first superstar designer, Halston rose to international fame in the 1970s, creating an empire while embodying the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Reaching beyond the glamour and glitz, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Dior and I) reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business.
Halston 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 Minnelli, 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 as well as the implications of selling out. A selection of the Sundance Film Festival. 2019, U.S., DCP, 105 minutes. Recommended for 16+.