The astounding career and chequered business history of the American design genius who revolutionised fashion in the 1970s are recalled in this fittingly epic new documentary from the director of Dior and I.

In the year's most spectacular fashion documentary, writer-director Frédéric Tcheng (Dior and I, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel) applies his discriminating enthusiast's eye to the rise and fall of American fashion legend Roy Halston Frowick. Halston, who as a milliner at Bergdorf Goodman gave Jackie Kennedy her signature pillbox hat, eschewed the countercultural flamboyance of the 1960s to establish a simpler, more dashing look that made New York the epicentre of women's fashion into the 1980s. "His clothes danced with you," said Liza Minnelli.

His brand expansion into perfumes, then - arguably fatally - into a $1 billion licensing deal with J.C. Penney, was dizzying. Tcheng frames Halston's fall from grace as both personal tragedy and as a tale of business malfeasance to be investigated. Brimming with clips, music and testimony from those close to the action, Halston doubles as irresistible evocation of the glam ethos he was instrumental in shaping, and a classic tale of creative brilliance harnessed to a standstill by corporate ambition. - BG

USA 2019
Director/Screenplay: Frédéric Tcheng
105 minutes/CinemaScope

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