ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH OF
Roy Halston Frowick is credited for being America’s first celebrity designer. Both an icon and a household name, Halston was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s and reigned as the dissolute king of that era’s New York City nightlife, until an unimaginable downfall ensued after he sold his
Director Whitney Sudler-Smith’s lifelong fascination with the ’70s look and lifestyle is apparent in every frame of ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH OF HALSTON. His confessed “era envy” is used to great effect as he reconstructs, recaptures and revels in the glories of Halston. ULTRASUEDE chronicles the life and times of a truly great American designer through prodigious amounts of archival film footage, stunning photographs, and interviews with fashion and entertainment icons who were his
At the height of his fame, Halston truly was an emperor of fashion and style. He had his name and his distinct aesthetic on everything from luxurious towels, sheets, sunglasses, carpets, shoes, gloves, and a phenomenally successful line of fragrances. His one-of-a-kind signature fabric, Ultrasuede, was every bit as smooth as the man himself. His circle of clients and close friends included the most talked-about women at the time: Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Betty Ford, Babe Paley, Bianca Jagger, and Lauren Bacall..
ULTRASUEDE offers a glimpse into the vibrant energy and buzz of Studio 54, which Halston frequented with his fashion models and celebrity friends. At a time when New York City was at its worst economically, the famous nightclub was the epitome of New York
“The city was at its creative pinnacle and socio-economic nadir at the same time. Halston seemed to me to embody this compelling paradox, and the era, perfectly; His incredible talent, his larger-than-life persona and ultimately his self-destruction,” said director Smith.
5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
interview with Director Whitney Sudler-Smith and Producer Adam
Bardach presented by American Express
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