Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

Friday, January 20 - Thursday, February 9, 2012

An engrossing look at the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity designer, Halston—the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s and became the emperor of Studio 54 and New York nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello and Billy Joel, among others) round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined a glamorous and garish era.

“Halston, looking like a sunglassed cross between Henry Fonda and Richard E. Grant, leads a couture revolution when his sleek, draped designs take American women into a new era. The film’s darkly bedazzled view of the ’70s is spurred by great dish from André Leon Talley, Liza Minnelli, and Nile Rodgers, who set the stage for Halston’s triumphs — and his jaw-dropping fall when, high on fame (among other things), he sells his name to JC Penney and his empire collapses.” – Entertainment Weekly

  • Country USA
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 94 minutes
  • Distributor Tribeca Film
  • Director Whitney Sudler-Smith

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