Halston

© Dustin Pittman
2019
U.S.
98 min.

Schedule

Wednesday, May. 1 at 7:00pm

From Iowa to Studio 54 to Wall Street, Halston lived an American dream. Prodigiously talented, he reigned over fashion in the 1970s, becoming a household name. “Halston” — which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — captures the epic sweep of the life and times of the legendary designer, who wanted to “dress all of America.” Acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng (“Dior and I”) expertly weaves together rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s friends, family members, and collaborators, including Liza Minnelli, niece Lesley Frowick, filmmaker Joel Schumacher, and the Halstonettes. Tcheng frames Halston’s story as an investigation, using scripted scenes featuring actress and writer Tavi Gevinson as a young archivist diving into the Halston company records. The film goes behind the headlines and into the thrilling struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and the pressures of big business. America’s first superstar designer, Halston created an empire and personified the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Moving beyond Halston’s embodiment of 1970s glamour, Tcheng reveals Halston’s impact on fashion, culture, and business. Screen International writes: “‘Halston’ is tailor-made for fashionistas. Frédéric Tcheng's breezy docudrama offers a serious assessment of the fashion designer's achievements, accessorised with enough gossip, conflict and celebrity to attract a wider audience.”

Director

Frédéric Tcheng

Photo © Dustin Pittman

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Matthew R. Kerns in loving memory of Myles Goldin … gone too soon but here with us always