Podtalk: Filmmaker Frédéric Tceng on the Legacy of ‘Halston’

Chicago – Before there was Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford or even Miranda Priestly, there was “Halston.” Roy Halston Frowley was known only by that single name, and wore the celebrity fashion designer crown of the 1960s and ‘70s. Filmmaker Frédéric Tceng brings the icon back to life in “Halston.”

The documentary chronicles the rise and precipitous fall of the House of Halston, as his work-hard-play-hard philosophy was eventually his undoing. But it is a fascinating story, involving mysterious origins in Des Moines, Iowa, to the top of the fashion chain in New York City. Halston began as a hat maker, and when Jackie Kennedy wore his designer chapeaus around her husband’s presidency, his legacy was assured. He built his empire from there, partnering with an American corporation who took him to new heights. But everything that rises must converge, and Halston ran afoul of the very business community that financed him.
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