HalstonAuthor: Steven Bluttal & Patricia Mears
Imprint: Phaidon Press
Featured in the January, 2002 magazine
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As the creator of Jackie Kennedy's signature pillbox hat, the designer of choice for Liza Minelli and other sequined celebrities in the 1970s, and the inventor of a deceptively simple yet glamorous approach to women's sportswear, Halston (1932-1990) is recognized as a significant figure in fashion around the world. Halston was a prolific designer whose creations throughout his career spanned the extremes of fashion: from prosaic uniforms for airlines and car rental companies to extravagant party frocks for well-heeled socialites. This is a visual anthology of Halston's life and legacy - a picture-led history of Halston as a fashion innovator. Images and text are organized in rough chronological order, mixing paparazzi shots with catwalk photographs, archival photographs by Andy Warhol, behind-the-scenes images of fashion shows and parties, sketches, and specially-commissioned photographs of Halston collections. A biographical essay introduces the book, and six 600-word texts on different periods of Halston's career are interspersed throughout, along with selected quotes by Halston, his associates, clients and famous friends.
This chunky format book overflows with photos... The essays interleaved between the pictures are often a little repetitive and contain some glaring mistakes, but overall the books presents a coherant argument for acknowedging Halston's somewhat neglected contribution to fashion.
Review by: Caroline Baum
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