Roy Halston Frowich also known in the fashion industry simply as Halston, was the premier designer of 1970’s fashion.
Many of the vintage jumpsuits and long, flowing maxi dresses you see today were designed or inspired by Halston.
His designs are classic pieces that are just as relevant now, as they were back in the 1970’s.
Halston was born in Des Moines, IA in April, 1932 and developed his skill for sewing from his mother. He skyrocketed to the forefront, in the 1960’s after creating the pillbox hat worn by Jacqueline Kennedy to her husband’s inauguration.
In the 70’s, Halston began creating clothing for women who did not have figures like models such as loose tunics, pants and caftans to de-emphasize their hips.
Halston is best known for his Ultrasuede shirtwaist dress that was introduced in 1972.
His personal inspiration came from his beliefs that fashion was not made by designers but by “fashionable people”. You are only as good as the people you dress – Halston
At the height of his career, Halston sold his name and began designing for J.C. Penney. The decision had severely negative consequences on his career as many of his faithful friends and clients began to turn to other designers.
At the age of 58, Halston passed away from lung cancer complicated by HIV, however, his designs can still be seen on runways, department stores and many celebrities proving that he was a true visionary designer.
Halston Heritage available at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue