Spotlight Documentary

New York Premiere

USA | 105 MINUTES | English |


Documentary, LGBTQIA, Fashion
The man, the brand, and the legendary downfall of iconic designer Halston, are poignantly portrayed in TFF alum filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng’s (Dior and I) documentary. Artfully framed in a narrative recreation starring Tavi Gevinson, we begin the story of Roy Halston in his early days as the go-to milliner for the rich and famous, most notably as the designer of Jackie Kennedy’s sensational pillbox hat. Eventually transitioning to sleek, bias-cut women’s wear unlike anything the fashion world had seen, Halston opens his iconic Madison Avenue boutique in 1968. From there, his popularity skyrockets to such epic proportions that his name seems to touch almost every piece of clothing and home good on the market—only to crash and burn, as those who find his mass market approach passé abandon him.

But beneath this infamous story of success—and Halston’s tempestuous personality—Tcheng digs into the man himself. Most foundationally, he details his clan of legendary models, clients, and lovers, as well as members of his own beloved biological family, represented here in archival footage from the years of his reign. Those familiar with the name but not the details will find the designer’s fascinating story a richly entertaining window into fashion, commerce, and human foible.

—Liza Domnitz


Directed by Frédéric Tcheng

Frédéric Tcheng is a French-born filmmaker whose 2015 film, Dior and I, was distributed worldwide to much acclaim. He also co-directed Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, and was the co-producer and co-editor of Valentino: The Last Emperor. Tcheng is currently directing two documentaries and developing fiction projects.
Frédéric Tcheng
Roland Ballester, Frédéric Tcheng, Stephanie Levy, Paul Dallas
Fréderic Tcheng
Chris W. Johnson, Aaron Kovalchik
Stanley Clarke
Elia Gasull Balada, Frédéric Tcheng
Executive Producer
Amy Entelis, Courtney Sexton, Lesley Frowick, Anna Godas, Oli Harbottle
Michael Prall
Tavi Gevinson, Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, Pat Cleveland


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