THE GENESIS OF
WITH LOVE HALSTON
It all started when…
Roy Halston Frowick, known simply as Halston, was an American fashion designer who started his career as an illustrator and window display artist in Chicago. In the early 1950s, Halston launched his millinery business and soon garnered a well-known clientele. With instant success, he opened his first hat boutique on Chicago's Magnificent Mile in the late 1950s. Soon after arriving in New York in 1958, he was recruited to the prestigious position of head milliner for high-end department store Bergdorf Goodman. His fame rose in 1961 when he designed the pillbox hat Jacqueline Kennedy wore to the inauguration of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. Halston soon made the transition to women's clothing at Bergdorf where he designed many gowns and masks for the famed Black and White Ball. In 1968, he opened his own haute couture atelier on Madison Avenue where he launched a ready-to-wear line featured in his boutique. He acquired international fame in the 1970s with his minimalist, clean designs, often made of cashmere, ultrasuede and silk chiffons that were a new phenomenon in the high society circles. Essentially, Halston redefined American fashion.
Halston personally appointed his niece Lesley Frowick as guardian of his archives. Her mission is to disseminate the Halston legacy on the highest level. Now she partners with fashion industry experts Steve Gold, Patrick Morgan, Audrey Schilt and Scott Vogel to launch the scholarship initiative, With Love Halston. Together, they honor and uplift Halston: the man and genius who pinned American fashion on the map.