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Sunday Doc’s: HALSTON Screening plus a Conversation with Fern Mallis, Stan Herman, and Fred Rottman

presented with Hamptons Doc Fest

SUNDAY, JULY 14 | 6 PM | $15 ($12 for SAC & Hamptons Doc Fest Members)


Followed by a conversation with former presidents of the  Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fern Mallis and Stan Herman along with Halston biographer Fred Rottman


(2019 | Documentary | 105 min.)

From Iowa to Studio 54 to Wall Street, Halston lived an American dream. Prodigiously talented, he reigned over fashion in the 1970s, becoming a household name. But everything changes in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston takes the biggest gamble of his life.

The screening will be followed by an panel from the world of fashion.

More about the Film:

The man, the brand, and the legendary downfall of iconic designer Halston, are poignantly portrayed in TFF alum filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng’s (Dior and I) documentary. Artfully framed in a narrative recreation starring Tavi Gevinson, we begin the story of Roy Halston in his early days as the go-to milliner for the rich and famous, most notably as the designer of Jackie Kennedy’s sensational pillbox hat. Eventually transitioning to sleek, bias-cut women’s wear unlike anything the fashion world had seen, Halston opens his iconic Madison Avenue boutique in 1968. From there, his popularity skyrockets to such epic proportions that his name seems to touch almost every piece of clothing and home good on the market—only to crash and burn, as those who find his mass market approach passé abandon him.

But beneath this infamous story of success—and Halston’s tempestuous personality—Tcheng digs into the man himself. Most foundationally, he details his clan of legendary models, clients, and lovers, as well as members of his own beloved biological family, represented here in archival footage from the years of his reign. Those familiar with the name but not the details will find the designer’s fascinating story a richly entertaining window into fashion, commerce, and human foible.

About the Director:

Frédéric Tcheng is a French-born filmmaker whose 2015 film, Dior and I, was distributed worldwide to much acclaim. He also co-directed Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, and was the co-producer and co-editor of Valentino: The Last Emperor. Tcheng is currently directing two documentaries and developing fiction projects.

Fern Mallis was the executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) from 1991–2001, and created 7th on Sixth productions or New York Fashion Week as it is known today. She was also senior vice president of IMG Fashion from 2001 to 2010. Mallis is currently president of her own international fashion and design consultancy, Fern Mallis LLC.

The three-time Coty award-winning designer Stan Herman is truly a pioneering man.  Not only was he the President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America for sixteen years, but also the founding president of 7th on Sixth Corporation; New York City Fashion week, for seven years.  With  KOMAR, Stan has incorporated his ready-to-wear design savvy to become America’s foremost designer of robes and loungewear.

Fred Rottman was the last student of Charles James, afterwards he went to work for Halston as his workroom supervisor and then design coordinator for all men’s licensed products and headed special projects. He designed clothes on 7th ave for various companies and his own company for about 5 years. From 1988 on he created and Marketed textiles for the US for two Italian mills, Merate and Picchi Spa. He currently has his own business developing and selling textiles from Italy, France, Turkey and China. Rottman co-authored the book HALSTON, An American Original and contributed the Halston segment of the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion with editor Valerie Steele.

Public funding for Film provided by Suffolk County.

About Hamptons Doc Fest:

Hamptons Doc Fest brings the work of talented documentary filmmakers to new audiences with our annual December film festival in Sag Harbor. In 2019 we celebrate 12 years, having finished with one of our most successful festivals ever! We thank you for coming in droves, for being an audience fully engaged with the filmmakers and excited to see more.


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