Item #4984 Simply Halston. Roy Frowick Halston, Steven Gaines.

Simply Halston. The Untold Story

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1991. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's magenta cloth over fawn paper-covered boards, spine gilt, fawn endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.

"I think people are born for their destinies. Certain people are gifted to use their hands, or voices or minds. I’m fortunate enough to be such a person." First edition of journalist Steven Gaines’s biography of the influential fashion designer, the basis for Ryan Murphy's Netflix biodrama. Designer of choice and close friend to Liza Minnelli and Bianca Jagger, creator of the iconic postwar pillbox hat, and a ringleader of the 1970s social scene, the mononymous fashion icon not only made a lasting impact on the way women dress, but also reshaped the business of fashion on a global level. The concept of Gaines’s book began years before the designer’s death, in 1987, when his longtime partner Victor Hugo approached the author about a tell-all. While he initially declined, after writing a profile on Halston for Vanity Fair, he became fascinated by his archetypal "rags to riches" narrative. The product of two years of research and more than 200 interviews with family, friends, foes, lovers, and close associates, Gaines’s bio chronicles the life of the designer from his modest midwest beginnings, through the summit of his success, to the downfall of his career and his tragic death. With 16-page black-and-white photo insert, and index. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #4984


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