Halston’s family accuses Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series about the designer as ‘inaccurate’ and says they weren’t consulted
The family of legendary fashion designer Halston turned down Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix limited series because it reportedly didn’t accurately reflect his life and work in a statement released Monday.
The Halston Archives, run by Halton’s niece, Lesley Frowick, derided the series with Ewan McGregor starring as ‘fictional’, saying it was ‘inaccurate’ in a scathing rebuke.
The miniseries, simply titled Halston, will premiere on Netflix on Friday, May 14.
Preventive Criticism: Run by the late fashion designer’s family, The Halston Archives focused on Ryan Murphy’s miniseries starring Ewan McGregor – starring on Monday, calling it inaccurate in a statement
“The Halston Archive remains the only definitive and comprehensive resource on the man and his estate as the personally appointed custodian of his private papers and belongings,” the statement continued.
The Halston Archives further boasted that it ‘travels the world to bring Halston’s painstaking history and original design work to renowned locations with extensive exhibitions and seminars’.
The statement also said the archives will partner with nonprofits to create fashion fairs for emerging designers.
To support the shows, the archives will create new products ‘based on original artwork’, presumably by Halston, to fund the shows.
Sole Source: “The Halston Archives remains the only definitive and comprehensive resource on the man and his estate as the personally appointed custodian of his private papers and securities,” the statement read; Seen Halston in NYC in 1983
Hard words: the statement describes the miniseries, in which Ewan McGregor plays the iconic designer, as ‘fictional’
Despite the Halston Archives’ problems with the upcoming miniseries, it was unable to specify any of the alleged inaccuracies or falsehoods in the series.
Born Roy Halston Frowick, Halston first rose to prominence after designing the pillbox hat that Jacqueline Kennedy wore at her husband John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration in 1961.
When hats fell out of fashion, he switched to designing women’s clothing and launched his first boutique and ready-to-wear line in the late 1960s.
Continuing to come to the fore through the 1970s, he became known for his tasteful, minimalist style, which prioritized function over decoration.
By the 1980s, a series of bad business decisions left Halston completely locked out of his own company and unable to design for it.
Mid-Century Star: Halston rose to fame in the 1960s after designing Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat for President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961, and rose to fame in the 1970s; seen with Bianca Jagger (L) in 1981
Rise and Fall: Halston was known for his elegant minimalist style, but he lost control of his company in the 1980s after poor financial decisions; seen with Liza Minnelli in 1987
On a streak: The limited series, based on the book Simply Halston by Steven Gaines, is executive produced by Ryan Murphy for Netflix; seen April 29 in NYC
He was known for his high-profile friendships with celebrities including Liza Minnelli and Bianca Jagger.
Halston, who reportedly had multiple romantic relationships with men throughout his life, was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 and died in 1990 after moving to San Francisco in his final years.
The upcoming Halston miniseries, executive produced by Ryan Murphy, is based on Steven Gaines’ book Simply Halston.
In addition to McGregor as Halston, the limited series includes Bill Pullman, Rory Culkin, Vera Farmiga and Krysta Rodriguez.
Stacked Cast: In addition to McGregor as Halston, the limited series includes Bill Pullman, Rory Culkin, Vera Farmiga and Krysta Rodriguez; McGregor was seen with Rebecca Dayan on set in NYC in November