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Roy Halston Frowick (1932-1990) was discovered by Lilly Daché in Chicago. He then moved to New York and in 1958 he went to work at Bergdorf Goodman in their millinery department. Halston started his own business, Halston Ltd., in 1968. He was known for his soft, body-conscious clothing, in jersey, ultrasuede, chiffon, and beads.

The Halston label went into decline with the introduction of the Halston lll line for J C Penney in 1983 — upscale department stores did not like the idea of a line that was also available in middle-class department stores. Eventually he lost control of his name and many items were produced by others under the Halston lll label. The House of Halston survived its namesake’s death in 1990 and through the years has been designed by various designers, including Randolph Duke and Bradley Bayou.

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from a late 1950s / early 1960s hat (before he struck out on his own) -  Courtesy of ruedelapaix

from a late 1950s / early 1960s hat (before he struck out on his own)

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from a 1960s hat - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a 1960s hat

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from a 1970s silk dress - Courtesy of coutureallurevintage.com

from a 1970s silk dress

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from an early 1970s dress - Courtesy of kickshawproductions.com

from an early 1970s dress

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from a 1970s long knit dress  - Courtesy of claireshaeffer

from a 1970s long knit dress

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from a 1970s ultrasuede sport coat - Courtesy of Ranch Queen Vintage

from a 1970s ultrasuede sport coat

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from a 1970s ultrasuede sport coat. The patent for Halsuede was filed in 1975. - Courtesy of Ranch Queen Vintage

from a 1970s ultrasuede sport coat. The patent for Halsuede was filed in 1975.

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from a 1980s jacket - Courtesy of hollie point vintage

from a 1980s jacket

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from a 1980s dress - Courtesy of claireshaeffer

from a 1980s dress

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from a 1980s sequined blouse - Courtesy of claireshaeffer

from a 1980s sequined blouse

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2000s label; note thicker font and less-twisted S - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

2000s label; note thicker font and less-twisted S

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