Netflix's Halston: Ewan McGregor stars as the legendary fashion designer

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read

Netflix has released their first look image of Ewan McGregor as legendary fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick in Ryan Murphy's Netflix series Halston.

Roy Halston Frowick, known mononymously Halston, is credited with redefining American fashion in the '70s and '80s with his minimalist designs that were often made of cashmere or ultrasuede. He rose to international fame after designing the pillbox hat Jackie Kennedy wore to JFK's presidential inauguration in 1961.

Halston also became a defining face of Studio 54, the hedonistic nightclub frequented by superstars such as David Bowie, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, and Grace Jones.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

The new limited series follows the McGregor as Halston as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that's synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame, literally defining the era he lives in, 1970s and ‘80’s New York - until a hostile takeover forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset… the name Halston itself.

The drama is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Alexis Martin Woodall, Daniel Minahan, Ewan McGregor, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler of Killer Films, Eric Kovtun and Sharr White. Minahan also serves as the series director.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Netflix has also released a set of Warhol-inspired polaroids featuring the cast, Halston's entourage.

The cast also includes Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minnelli, Rebecca Dayan as Elsa Peretti, Bill Pullman as David Mahoney, Gian Franco Rodriguez as Victor Hugo, David Pittu as Joe Eula, Sullivan Jones as Ed Austin, Rory Culkin as Joel Schumacher, Kelly Bishop as Eleanor Lambert and Vera Farmiga as Adele.

Murphy recently told designer Tom Ford during a discussion for Vogue that McGregor was "the only choice for the role".

"The thing that Ewan got about Halston was that Halston had a vision in his mind of who he wanted to be in life. He was self-created," the writer and director said.

Halston will launch on Netflix on May 14th.

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