Pictures meant everything to Halston. Life is like a picture he used to say. I’m Halston. My name is Halston. The most successful single individual in the history of American fashion. Ladies and gentlemen… Halston. His clothes danced with you. You were free inside your clothes. The simplicity was really needed and it was All-American from an All-American boy. He came from nowhere. Were you the person who put the pillbox on Jackie Kennedy? Yes I was. He really saw the future. His front row was the most
glamorous in New York. He was the first to really bring in movie stars! Brilliant marketing. You’re a devotee of Studio 54? It’s good for everybody, on every level of society. Halston was at the top of his game,
sex, drugs, and rock & roll. A lot of those barriers just fell down. Is it tougher to get on top,
or to stay on top? He kept saying ‘I want to dress
everybody in America’. I am pleased to announce…. an association between Halston and JCPenney. Halston moved from class to mass. The reaction of the fashion world ranged
from shock to outrage. I started getting all kinds of calls cutting back on orders. Did Bergdorf Goodman drop your line because you went to Penney’s? That was pure hell after that. One time I came in and I think he had a panic session. He would scream and yell at the top of his lungs. He was out of control. Suddenly he was cast adrift. I said you don’t own your name pal, we own your name. It was his company, his workers,
everything he was fighting for. Oh sure, it’s fun and it’s not fun… and as my mother says
it’s the price you have to pay.