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halston documentary

Fashion documentarian Frédéric Tcheng (Dior and I) uses archival footage to tell the story of one of American fashion history’s key players. Born in Iowa during the Great Depression, Roy Halston Frowick became the first celebrity fashion designer, crafting everything from Jackie Kennedy’s famous pillbox hat (worn at JFK’s 1961 inauguration) to the uniforms worn by the US Olympic teams (1976), Braniff flight attendants (1977), and even the Girl Scouts of America (1978). As one might expect, the mononymous designer was a larger than life figure, and one prone to vice. He was close friends with Liza Minnelli, after all, and spent his nights hobnobbing at Studio 54. His unraveling and death in the 1980s provide a lesson in the dangers of cocaine addiction and the malevolent conglomerates consolidating the fashion industry. NewportFILM’s outdoor screening includes a fashionable pre-movie picnic contest and a post-film Q&A with director Tcheng and Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson.

August 22 2019


Date: August 22, 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $5
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