Director Ryan Murphy returns to Netflix with a new five-part series: “Halston.” It revisits the story of an iconic figure in American fashion, Roy Halston Frowick, played by Ewan McGregor.
After Hollywood, which plunged us into the heart of post-WWII Hollywood showbiz, Ryan Murphy takes another step back in time with Halston in 1970s and 1980s New York.
The Glee director’s miniseries traces the tumultuous career of American designer Roy Halston, from his meteoric rise in the 1970s to his decline some fifteen years later. A romantic and iconic figure in American fashion, his name is synonymous with luxury and excess in the United States, although he is less well known in France than his rival Calvin Klein. The couturier has notably participated in making haute couture clothing accessible to modest incomes.
His fame exploded thanks to Jackie Kennedy and his pink Pillow Box Hat worn during the inauguration of her husband, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in 1961. At 29 years old, the designer was then sought after by the greatest celebrities of the time, from Bianca Jagger to Elizabeth Taylor.
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor (Le Moulin Rouge, Fargo, Big Fish) has been chosen to bring the fashion designer back to life. Beside him, an excellent cast: Bill Pullman to play businessman David Mahoney, French Rebecca Dayan in the shoes of the jeweler and devoted friend of Halston, Elsa Peretti, or Krysta Rodriguez to play Liza Minnelli. In the embodiment of this role, Ewan McGregor once again surpassed himself: he transformed his walk, his body language and his voice so as to be at one with his character.
Particular attention has also been paid to the numerous sets of the series. The real places are reproduced identically, such as the designer’s office at the top of the Olympic Tower or his house designed by architect Paul Rudolph.
On the program, therefore, all the ingredients cherished by Ryan Murphy: luxury, lust and glitter.