Screened as part of NZIFF 2019

Halston 2019

Directed by Frédéric Tcheng Portrait of an Artist

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.

USA In English
106 minutes CinemaScope/DCP




Roland Ballester
Frédéric Tcheng
Stephanie Levy
Paul Dallas


Chris W. Johnson


Èlia Gasull Balada
Frédéric Tcheng


Stanley Clarke


Liza Minnelli
Marisa Berenson
Joel Schumacher
Gino Balsamo
Karen Bjornson
Pat Cleveland
Naeem Khan


Sydney 2019


Presented in Association With

Viva NZH

In the year’s most spectacular fashion documentary, writer-director Frederic 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 look of the 1960s to establish a simpler, more dashing look that made New York the epicentre of women’s fashion into the 1980s.

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

“It’s mildly astonishing that we’ve had to wait until now for a comprehensive assessment of the style revolution of Roy Halston Frowick – his stratospheric ascent to become a business empire and the first bona fide American celebrity designer, his rejection by the fashion establishment after a misjudged venture, his sad decline and his indelible legacy. Frederic Tcheng delivers all that in the succinctly titled Halston, a roller coaster of fabulousness and folly.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter