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H is for Halston

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Roy Frowick Halston was born on April 23, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa.
    During childhood he would make hats for his mother and sister.
    His family moved to Chicago in the later part of 1952 where Halston got a job as a window dresser.
    He continued creating hats and eventually his designs were featured in a short story in the Chicago Daily News.
    Halston opened his own shop Boulevard Salon in 1957.
    In 1959 Halston moved to New York and began working for Lilly Dache where he made co-designer in a year of working there.
    After working at Lilly Dache he moved onto Bergdorf Goodman where after two years of working he became the stores first designer to have his name placed inside the hats that he designed.
    He designed the pill box hat that Jackie Kennedy wore at the President's Innagural.
    1966 marked the year that he designed his first ready to wear collection for Bergdorf Goodman.
    In 1968 he opened his own salon.
    He was well known for his use of Ultra Suede and jersey fabrics in his simple and classic designs.
    His clients included Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor and Babe Paley.
    He loved to party at Studio 54 with Steve Rubell and Bianca Jagger.
    In 1973 his company Halston Inc. was bought by Norton Simon Industries.
    During the time that  Halston Inc. was owned by N.S.I. Halston designed his own perfume and also designed clothing for J.C. Penney.
    In 1983 Esmark Inc. bought out NSI, then Esmark was bought by Beatrice Foods.
    In 1984 Halston was fired from his own company and was no longer allowed to design and market clothing under his own name.
    Halston died in 1990 of AIDS.

Raspberry colored Ultra Suede suit.
Measurements are 36" Chest, 28" Waist and 38" Hips
You can "Buy It Now" for $395- over at Bully Vintage on eBay.

Coral colored silk crepe wrap dress.
Measurements are 38" Chest, 26-28" Waist and 38" Hips
You can purchase this dress for $420- over at Enokiworld.com

Orchid colored velour caftan.
Measurements are 43" Chest and 43" Hips
You can "Buy It Now" for $115- over at Magnificent Vintage on eBay.

Two piece silk chiffon.
Listed as a modern size 6 to 8 (call the seller for exact measurements).
You can purchase this ensemble for $1,500- over at Isadora's

This post was originally published on April 9, 2007.