collection SC.387 - Nancy North photographs and sketches, 1973

Alva Chinn for Halston

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Nancy North photographs and sketches, 1973


  • 1973 (Creation)

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3 linear feet

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(1929 March-2016 June)

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Biographical history

Born Roy Halston Frowick in 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, the fashion designer who went as simply 'Halston' moved to Chicago in 1952 where he took a job as a window dresser for the Carson Pirie Scott department store. In 1958, he moves to New York to work for the preeminate milliner Lilly Daché before taking a job designing millinery for Bergdorf Goodman. In 1966, Bergdorf Goodman sponsored Halston's first ready-to-wear clothing line which had its own boutique within the store. He leaves Bergdorf in 1967 and launches his own line the following year which was an immediate success; he won COTY Awards in 1969, 1971 and 1972. In 1973, Halston signs licensing deals with Norton Simon. Halston and menswear lines were launched in 1975.

During this period, Halston is at the epicenter of a glittering social circle, frequently attending Studio54 beginning in 1977 with the likes of Andy Warhol, Liza Minelli, Mick and Bianca Jagger and his coterie of models dubbed 'The Halstonettes.'

Diffusion lines were launched with J.C. Penny's in 1983 and the following year, Halston unsuccessfully attempts to buy his company back from Norton Simon; Halston Originals closes in 1985 and the following year Haston receives the news he is HIV positive. He passes away from AIDS related complications in 1990.

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Nancy North, February 2018

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This collections is comprised of seventeen (17) 18x16" black and white framed photographs by Bill Cunninham taken at the Grand Divertissement à Versailles in 1973. Persons featured in photographs include Marisa Berenson, Karen Bjornson, Alva Chinn, Dennis Christopher, Pat Cleveland, Bill Dugan, Heidi Lieberfarb, China Machado, Nancy North, Chris Royer, Ramona Saunders, and Andy Warhol. Also included in the collection are twenty-five (25) 17 x 11" original marker sketches by Halston and a program for the Grand Divertissement à Versailles.

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Two series: photographs and sketches

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Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and College Archives. If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment contact us at or call (212) 217-4385.

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The Department of Special Collections and College Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law ( when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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