“Halston,” which premieres May 14 and was co-produced by “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, follows the rise and dramatic fall of the influential American designer. Netflix also released images of McGregor’s co-stars Krysta Rodriguez, Rory Culkin and Rebecca Dayan in their roles as Liza Minnelli, director Joel Schumacher and Tiffany & Co. designer Elsa Peretti, respectively.
Ewan McGregor seen in a Netflix still portraying designer Roy Halston Frowick in his office. Credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix
The limited series will follow Halston’s rise to prominence as one of the most important designers of the 1970 and 1980s — and as a celebrity who embodied the decadence of the era. The story will then track the designer’s decline, delving into the “hostile takeover” of his namesake brand, which “forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset … the name Halston itself,” according to a Netflix synopsis.
Halston and his label were at the center of a major business dispute that rocked the fashion world. Following a controversial deal with JCPenny in 1983, high-fashion department stores like Bergdorf Goodman axed Halston goods from its shelves believing that the brand had been cheapened by the partnership.
A still from “Halston” depicting (L-R)Tiffany & Co. designer Elsa Peretti, designer Roy Halston Frowick, fashion illustrator Joe Eula and Halston’s on-again, off-again partner, Victor Hugo. Credit: happyfoto/Netflix
The label was acquired several times in the following years, and Halston’s control of the company quickly diminished. The designer passed away in 1990 from AIDS-related complications, though Netflix has not yet revealed if the series will cover his passing.
The promotional pictures also show Rodriguez’s striking transformation into singer Liza Minnelli, who was a close friend of Halston’s. Wearing a white turtleneck with a red cardigan slung around her neck, she channels the star’s doe-eyed look with spiky Twiggy-style lashes.
Actor Krysta Rodriguez plays Liza Minnelli, Halston’s close friend and confidante. Credit: happyfoto/Netflix