Behind the designs…get to know Halston

Halston 1932-90. Designer born Roy Halson Frowick in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Halston attended the University of Indiana and the Chicago Institute. In 1953 he opened a millinery salon in a Chicago hotel where he had clients such as Gloria Swanson and Deborah Kerr. In 1958 he joined a company in New York called Lilly Dache. Moving on up he next was employed at a millinery salon of Bergdorf Goodman’s New York department store. Halston designed many hats for Jacqueline Kennedy (Onassis), including a beige felt pillbox that was widely copied. In 1966 he began designing ready-to-wear garments, leaving Bergdorf Goodman to open his own business. Most importantly during the late 1960’s and 1970’s Halston established a reputation as a designer of knitwear, sweaters and wide-legged jersey trousers, turtlenecks, long slinky halter neck dresses , cashmere dresses for day and evening, sweater sets and boxy, square jackets and coats. Halston was an amazing designer who left a legacy and a brand name that is now recognizable around the world.


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