Roy Halston Frowick

Born: Apr 23, 1932 AD
Died: 1990 AD, at 57 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Designers, Fashion Designer

1932 - Roy Halston Frowick, also known as Halston born on the 23rd of April  in Des Moines, Iowa. He was an iconic clothing designer.

1953 - Studied at Indiana University, Bloomington, and at the Art Institute of Chicago.

1961 - Began his career as a milliner, designing the pillbox hat Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her husband's Presidential inauguration and when he moved to designing women's wear, Newsweek dubbed him "the premier fashion designer of all America."

1968 - Opened his own salon, Halston became one of the most acclaimed designers of the, a favorite of movie stars, art-world denizens, and the general public, and a disco-era celebrity in his own right.

1977 - Changed airline uniforms forever, when he was commissioned by Braniff Airlines to create a new look for them, he was to design new uniforms for the employees as well as interiors and public spaces. Company executives wanted a look that conveyed the urbane sophistication of the late Seventies and early Eighties.

1984 - He was fired from his own company and lost the right to design and sell clothes under his own name in October.

1990 - Died of AIDS in San Francisco, California. According to, Halston was "the first international fashion superstar and possibly the best designer America has ever had.

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