When I think of my beloved friend, the five words I think of are these: elegant, fashionable, generous, supportive, decent. I thank you, Halston. -- Liza Minnelli
No American designer since Claire McCardell has had such an impact on redefining fashion as Halston. His designs have experienced a tremendous revival and are as popular today as they were when he was alive. This is the first extensive look at Halston and his contributions to the fashion world, starting with his days as a milliner; through the explosion of his clothing lines and licensing deals, to the sale of his name and trademark and his theatrical designs for Liza Minnelli and the Martha Graham Dance Company.
This comprehensive survey of Halston's work is based on exclusive interviews with the people who knew and worked with Halston throughout his turbulent career. They include such celebrity Halston fans as Liza Minnelli, Katherine Graham, and Angelica Huston as well as industry insiders such as Marc Bohan, Stan Herman, Valerie Steele, and contemporary designers who claim Halston as an inspiration for their designs. Joe Eula and Kenneth Paul Block contribute their original sketches, as do manyy well-known fashion photographers.
With more than two hundred photographs Halston: An American Original is the quintessential volume for all fans of Halston and lovers of fashion.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Photographs are worth the price of the book alone! I haven't had a chance to read any of the text yet, but there's a lot of it, and a lot of STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS! THE BEST PHOTO HISTORY OF HALSTON I'VE EVER SEEN. MANY THANKS TO THE AUTHORS FOR THIS WONDERFUL BOOK AND LABOR OF LOVE! LOTS OF HUGE, COLOR, AND RARE PHOTOS. THANKS!
Much has been written about Halston's "sensational" life style in the 70's. However this book is about Halston's design genius. The photographs are many and beautiful. But, more importantly the text is outstanding. Informative and entertaining, it's a good read and tells us much about the evolution of Halston's designs and business decisions. There are also amusing anecdotes about some of his famous clients. I have bought many fashion books over the years, but this volume is the best of its type that I have ever read. It does not trade on sensationalism but on the art of an all to brief career. Bravo!
This book has a complete retrospective of the fashion designer Halston with some very important details such as patterns and diagrams for some of his amazing work. It has a good amount of eye candy and substantial biographical work on the designer. It is well worth having if you are a fan of Halston or fashion designers.
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