'HALSTON' looks at rise & fall of America's first superstar fashion designer

19 Aug 2019 - By WarnerMedia Staff

The man. The myth. The legendary fashion designer. Now, the man whose mission it was to “dress all of America” is getting the documentary film treatment.

“HALSTON” centers on the life of iconic fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick during his prime in the 1970s and early 1980s until his untimely death in 1990 after battling AIDS-related cancer.

Directed by Frédéric Tcheng of “Dior and I” fame, the CNN Films documentary weaves together rare archival footage  – featuring Andy Warhol and Jacqueline Kennedy – and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends and collaborators – including Liza Minelli and Joel Schumacher.

“Halston’s influence can be seen in almost everything in fashion, lifestyle and entertainment today. We wanted to bring Fred’s beautiful documentary to our viewers to broaden awareness of Halston’s consequential impact upon American culture,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development – CNN Worldwide, who is one of the executive producers for the film. 

Before his meteoric rise to fame, Halston made hats for New York's high society in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was Halston who designed former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s iconic pillbox hat she wore to JFK’s inauguration. He later branched out into ready-to-wear, accessories, fragrances and even uniforms. He believed style should be accessible to everyone, which is why his $1 billion deal in 1982 to design clothes for JCPenney shocked the industry as a first of its kind. But, the revolutionary deal also signaled the beginning of his tragic downfall.

“HALSTON,” executive produced by CNN Films, premieres Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. Check out the trailer below: