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protect the legacy, historical significance and memory of
America's Quintessential Fashion Designer
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Meet The Team
Keeper of The Halston Archive, Lesley Frowick had the unique fortune of landing in her uncle Halston’s orbit during the 1980s upon a direct invitation by Halston to work for him. She was immediately thrust into Halston’s supercharged haute couture lifestyle, preparing for Halston’s Spring Collection at his Olympic Tower atelier. In the front row seat, Halston introduced Lesley to his dazzling world, dressing her for public appearances at his side.
Prior to his death he entrusted his personal Archive to Lesley and personally appointed her as guardian of his legacy.
Lesley is the Founder and President of The Halston Archives, a central resource of images, illustrations, gowns and ephemera. Lesley’s more notable efforts to further her beloved uncles legacy include: Author of Halston: Inventing American Fashion, published by Rizzoli. Contributor to the Halston and Warhol/Silver and Suede catalogue, published by Abrams. Co-curator of the traveling exhibit Halston and Warhol Silver and Suede, at The Warhol Museum, The Mint and The Des Moines Art Center 2015. Curator of the exhibit Halston Style, at the Nassau County Museum of Art, 2017. Executive Producer of the definitive documentary on Halston, world premier at Sundance film festival 2019. Contributor/Consultant to numerous fashion exhibits. Guest presenter on “Halston the man and designer” across the USA and abroad.
Stephen (Steve) Gold is a ground breaking visionary in the domestic and international fashion arena. Steve’s retail expertise and breadth of product knowledge positioned him as the Management Consultant which actualized critical projects for Marvin Traub Associates. He personally consulted directly with Marvin on project developments in Dubai, and in India where they worked closely with the Secretary of Trade and Commerce D.K. Mittal. Steve was also previously involved in the public offering of B.U.M. Equipment. Steve also consulted for Sarvis Inc., the premium military brokerage in the world for over 45 years, Lee Cooper known as the oldest jeans wear company in Europe and Asia for 106 years where Steve was instrumental in the eventual sale to Iconix Group, as well as Tropical Sportswear International and NAFTA where he was involved in the early stages of production and factory quality capabilities and evaluations criteria. As the Executive Vice President, Steve’s leadership propelled success for high profile brands including Billy The Kid, Cacharel , Yves Saint Laurent Jeanswear and Melville Corporation’s group including Spotwood Apparel. At Billy The Kid, Steve opened doors and expanded business from 30 to over 75 million dollars by offering new innovations in pre-washed denim and 2% stretch. At Cacharel, he pioneered “designer jeans” into the then basic and functional denim market. Using a “cosmetics approach” to service key retailers, he helped high profile stores like Bloomingdales increase sales on new products which increased productivity at the store level. At YSL Jeans, he introduced designer jeans with stretch, the first of its kind, with inseams and cotton Lycra blends. And at Melville’s Spotwood, Steve expanded distribution to all key major department stores including Macy’s, Federated, May Co. and Dillard’s by introducing 8 wale corduroy and fashion color bottoms in menswear. He also opened one of the first bottoms production facilities in the Far East.
Fashion Illustrator Extraordinaire
Artist, designer, and illustrator Audrey Schilt has worked in the fashion industry for more than 30 years, sketching and designing for some of the most revered names in fashion history. After receiving her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Schilt got her introduction to the fashion-design world working as Halston’s sketch artist as he was just beginning his ascent to fame.
Working for two and a half years aside this fashion icon, Schilt developed a foundation for her future career in design and was introduced to a host of influential people, including Diana Vreeland, Salvador Dali, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. At the young age of 22, the designer sketched for Halston several of the stylish hats for which Kennedy Onassis became known, including her now-famous pillbox hat. Schilt’s sketch of that iconic accessory was featured in the book Jackie Style, and additional hat sketches done for the former First Lady were sold - along with the hats themselves - through Sotheby’s auction.
After sketching Halston’s first women’s collection line, Schilt moved into freelance work as she began to raise a family. During this time the artist did mostly illustrative assignments, creating fashion ads for such marquis clients as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Bergdorf Goodman. Schilt also returned to school to learn pattern making and draping, as she was feeling more drawn to the innovation of design than she was to the creative confines of illustration. After working as a designer for Jacque Bellini for five years, as well as working on a children’s line of clothing, Schilt was considered for the highly coveted role of conceptual artist at Ralph Lauren. When Lauren saw the strength of her sketches, as well as her innate sense of design, he offered her the job.
Patrick Morgan has worked in the field of design and Luxury design for over 20 years with brands from Tom Ford, YSL, LVMH, Christian Dior, Fendi, Schiaperilli, Dior perfume including weekly and monthly pieces for The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker and The Observer.
In 2018, Patrick exhibited ‘Pigment Channel’ a VR experience at the V&A in connection with the Rodin sculpture rooms and ‘Fashion by Nature’ exhibition. In 2019, Patrick will be collaborating with both the V&A and Christian Dior for the ‘Designer of Dreams’ exhibition running Masterclass experiences.
Patrick has recently been fusing relationships between industry and universities working with the RCA and Wallpaper* magazine, also giving a series of lectures at Tate Modern about future learning and critical thinking. This new direction of creative learning has led him to new modes of practice through new technology from Augment to Virtual Reality and AI in Design thinking. He has also been speaking at The Welsh Embassy regarding design thinking and ocean science and on improving education to a global economy for UK universities.
Patrick is an advisory consultant/expert to Deloitte in the field of design education and progressive trends in new fields of emerging markets.
Scott Vogel - CFO
Scott Vogel’s career has spanned many of the best-known names in luxury fashion as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He is a CPA andCertified Global Management Accountant and holds an MS in Accounting and Tax from Iona College. Among those companies were Robert Graham, where Scott working with a Private Equity owner, was instrumental in the growth of the company through Wholesale, Retail, Ecommerce and Licensing, leading to an eventual merger with a public company.
Over 20 years at David Yurman, Scott led a growth of over 5,000%, opened their first retail store and eventually grew to 25 stores worldwide. At Norma Kamali, Scott sourced and produced her first overseas line in Hong Kong to attain “fashion at a price”. In over 13 years at Bidermann Industries, where Scott was first Controller with Calvin Klein Menswear he assisted in the initial launch of Calvin Klein Underwear.
Later, Scott was Vice President of Operations and Controller for Ralph Lauren Womenswear, where he opened the first Polo store in London.