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Roy Halston Frowick
BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, USA
Fashion designer


1932–90, American fashion designer, b. Des Moines, Iowa as Roy Halston Frowick; attended Indiana Univ. and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1958 he moved to New York City, designing hats for Lilly Daché and later (1959–68) millinery and clothing for the fashionable Bergdorf Goodman department store. There he created several distinctive styles, most notably the pillbox hat for Jacqueline Kennedy. Opening his own salon in 1968, Halston became one of the most acclaimed designers of the 1970s, a favorite of movie stars, art-world denizens, and the general public, and a disco-era celebrity in his own right. His designs were classically simple, elegant, and chic. He introduced Ultrasuede, popularized the cashmere twinset, caftan, halter dress, shirtwaist, spiral skirt, and knee-length pants, and added perfumes and luggage to his label. He also designed costumes for the Martha Graham Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and various stage and film productions.


See biographies by S. S. Gaines (1991) and F. Rottman and E. Gross (1999); study by P. Mears (2001).

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You are only as good as the people you dress,'' said the late great Halston.
In her article in the Marie Claire magazine, the 'Sex and the City' star did not mention the name of a any particular company but it is being speculated that she was referring to design house 'Halston', where she had been hired as the Chief Creative Officer of the lower-priced Halston Heritage label in January, 2010, Contactmusic reported.
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Robbing the starring role from Sarah Jessica Parker is the gorgeous orange Studio 54 inspired Halston Heritage pleated maxi dress.
Presented by Singer (as in sewing machines), directed by Bob Fosse, with clothes by Halston, hair styled by Simon Scudera, and makeup designed by Christina, Liza With a "Z" was filmed--"live" as the press release puts it--after five weeks of grueling (and, hot on the heels of the premiere of the Fosse-directed Cabaret, coke-fueled?
Sage, who has been married to his wife, Tema, for 14 years, has three children: daughters Halston, 12, and Kaitlin, 6, and son Max, 10, a rising baseball prospect who hit four Little League home runs last spring.
Some pieces from the exhibit are shown here, including (clockwise, from lower left): a movie costume worn by Gladys George in "Marie Antoinette" and fashioned from black velvet with gold embroidery by Adrian (1933); a full-skirted evening dress in gold lame by Farquarson & Wheelock (1938); an evening dress in red bias cut silk by Halston (1976); a halter evening dress and sweater in black wool and silver lam6 knit by Halston (1973); and Travis Banton's 1938 silk jersey and chiffon gown.
The Friends star's vintage Halston frock is leading the field in a sale of outfits worn by the stars to the showbiz event.
This balance was thrown off when designers other than Isamu Noguchi handled the decor, when couturiers like Halston took over Graham's own costuming tasks, especially for the men, and when the dramatic instincts of the soloists were overshadowed by their concern for virtuosity.