Born Roy Halston Frowick, but known throughout his career as Halston, the fashion designer became a leading designer of the 70s, ushering in the favorite silhouettes and glitzy look of the disco era. His career was bolstered by his social circle which featured a number of famous faces who wore his easy and glamorous pieces, and he was among the first major designers to license his name, transforming the way designers do business. Halston's notoriety in New York's party scene added to the appeal of his label, until he began losing control in the 1980s. In 1990, the designer passed away in San Francisco at the age of 57 due to lung cancer and AIDS-related complications.
The style pioneer's rise (and fall) was featured in a 2019 documentary, Halston, and is now getting a dramatized rendition in an upcoming Ryan Murphy-written miniseries of the same name. Ahead of the show's premiere on May 14, learn all you need to know about Halston.