Halston: Line and Legacy

Tonight, Sept. 11, 2015, at 5 p.m. the author of Halston: Inventing American Fashion is to speak at Indiana University Bloomington campus. Lesley Frowick, the author, will share her fascinating perspective on Halston; the prominent 20th century fashion designer and her cherished uncle. Her relation to Halston provides a refreshing outlook on fashion literature which she will be sharing with the public tonight. Frowick will be presented as a 2015 Bill Blass Design speaker by the Indiana University Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design. Frowick is a former student of Indiana University, and she obtained her bachelor’s degree in 1981. Lesley Frowick is not the only one of her family to attend Indiana University. Lesley’s father and Halston’s brother, Robert Frowick, also graduated from Indiana University in 1953 earning his master’s degree in government.

Roy Halston Frowick moved to Evansville IN. in 1942. Halston had a lucrative millinery career in Chicago and then went on to open his own store in 1957 on Michigan Avenue. Halston’s first claim to fame was his creation of the iconic pillbox hat worn by Jackie Kennedy to the 1961 presidential inauguration, gaining appraisal for his design and preparing him for the popularity of his designs to come. Later on Halston debuted his first apparel collection in 1966 which propelled him to dominate the fashion world for years to come. Halston’s ability to create clothing that complimented the female form in such a way that boosted the confidence of every woman who adorned his designs launched a new concept in fashion; comfort and style came into play with Halston’s apparel construction and changed the fashion land forever. In 1972 Halston’s Ultrasuede shirt-dress became a staple in women’s closets, and Newsweek magazine commended him for his eye for fashion and dubbed him as “the premiere fashion designer of all America” in 1973. Halston released a prosperous fragrance in 1975, and his venturing into branding and mass-market collaborations prefigured the popular designs and partnerships found in stores such as H&M and Target now. Halston’s timeless shirt-dresses, hats, and numerous other fashion endeavours influenced women’s fashion permanently. His minimally constructed designs were somehow sophisticated and elegant, his distinct American style changed the view of women’s attire and combined nearly every element of fashion seen today.

Frowick’s appearance is one of the many Halston themed events Indiana University is hosting this year. Through Oct. 3, the “Halston: Line and Legacy” is open to tour at Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery of Art. Frowick’s lecture, “A Personal Journey with Halston”, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. in Room 102 of the Fine Arts Building on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. Following her lecture there will be a reception and book signing with Frowick in the Grunwald Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. All of these events are free and open to the public, enjoy the wonderful world of Halston’s fashion career and stylish designs this fall season at Indiana University.

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