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The very name “Halston” conjures seventies excess and glamour—so much so that most people don’t even know his real name. (It’s Roy Halston Frowick, FYI.) But director Whitney Sudler-Smith went searching for the man behind the label (and the endless licensing, which Halston pioneered). His new doc, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, premieres tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival. Below, Sudler-Smith talks to Style.com about the friends (Diane von Furstenberg, one-time Halston model Anjelica Huston), the fashions, and the eventual fall.
Plus, check out a preview of the film below the interview.
Why make this movie, and why Halston?
I thought the whole glamorous, chic decadence of the seventies was interesting. So I explored doing a film on a figurehead of this incredible time in American history. Halston was so cool, how could you not do it?
You don’t spend much time on his pre-fame existence.
We kind of wanted to avoid the typical Biography Channel A-to-Z trajectory. We do say he was a Midwest boy, but we didn’t want to get into his early career working in Chicago. We wanted to get to the good stuff!
Halston had a minimalist aesthetic but lived a maximalist lifestyle. Is there a weird logic behind that?
New York in the seventies was incredible—the city was basically bankrupt, crime and drugs were endemic. In Times Square, you’d get mugged or stuck with a needle. It was a crazy time, and out of this grew an explosion of fashion and art and music. People had a bad hangover from Vietnam and Watergate, and all this complexity going on around them, and they essentially wanted simplicity in clothing. Halston played into that “less is more” aesthetic—you’d dress well, and simply, but you could also go out and disco in that dress.
His name was everywhere at one point. It was a good thing at first, but then it wasn’t.
He made his mark in the early seventies, before this advent of celebrity. He licensed everything from luggage to Girl Scout uniforms, which helped out from a financial standpoint—as well as the perfumes. With Reagan coming into office, his clothes sort of went out of fashion. It was tough. Continue Reading “A New Doc Goes In Search Of Halston” »