“Halston” Trailer Unzips America’s First Celebrity Fashion Designer

The upcoming documentary chronicles the late gay icon's epic rise and fall.

Legends are always in fashion.

The first trailer has been released for Halston, an upcoming documentary about the man considered America’s first celebrity fashion designer.

“Reaching beyond the glitz and glamour, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng (Dior & I) reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business,” reads an official synopsis.

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“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.”

The film includes original interviews with 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, and Lisa Zay.

Roy Halston Frowick, a milliner from Indiana, rose to fame after designing Jacqueline Kennedy’s pink pillbox hat for her husband’s 1961 presidential inauguration.

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Halston’s celebrity clients included Lauren Bacall, Margaux Hemingway, Anjelica Huston, Bianca Jagger, and Elizabeth Taylor. The Studio 54 regular also designed uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team, Girl Scouts, NYPD, and Braniff Airways.

Halston faced severe backlash when he began designing for J.C. Penney in 1982. Following a hostile takeover, his company was eventually acquired by Revlon, and Halston ultimately lost control of his international fashion empire.

Halston’s longtime lover was Colombian window dresser Victor Hugo. Halston died in 1990 from AIDS-related complications at the age of 57.

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Based on Steven Gaines’ 1991 biography of the same name, Simply Halston, a limited television series starring and executive-produced by Ewan McGregor, is also in the works. A long-gestating Simply Halston film previously had both Alec Baldwin and Brendan Fraser attached to the leading role.

Another documentary, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, premiered in 2012.

An official selection at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, Halston is in theaters May 24, followed by a CNN broadcast debut.

Watch the new trailer below.
 

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