I promised to keep up with the fashion DVD reviews, and while searching to see what we had on Liza Minelli (how great was that blue streak at the Oscars?!), I came across the 2012 Tribeca film Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.
Ultrasuede positions Halston as the first American designer to be accepted in Europe as a major player. Travelling with an entourage of models, Halston was so influential, he ended up in song lyrics by Chic and Billy Joel. Halston was the first to entertain a mass market line in nation-wide department stores. Ultimately, the documentary shows, this was his undoing. Although common now, designer clients then saw it as brand dissolution and walked away, while the average consumer found the line too pricey and didn't buy. Coupled with a turbulent relationship and the AIDS epidemic, this career move led to Halston's decline which parallelled or perhaps even caused the end of the disco era. What really endures, as Ultrasuede points out, is Halston's minimalist, draped designs and their influence on American fashion design.
You might also enjoy the feature film The Last Days of Disco and for books, the biography Simply Halston: The Untold Story. We also have Studio 54.