How Accurate Were the Settings and Faces of Netflix’s ‘Halston?’

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Netflix debuted its first original chronicling of fashion history through a vibrant mini-series about American icon, Halston. Transporting viewers to the decadent world of ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s artistry, each episode showcases the dramatic rise and fall of Roy Frowick – childhood and all. Glitz and glamour are juxtaposed with the hard reality of addiction and mental illness, tearing away fashion’s bubbly façade with genuine human stories. The result: a weekend of Netflix binging for all style fanatics and history buffs. Set in NYC’s glory days and featuring pop culture icons, Halston required some major accuracy across all facets of its making. CR has comprised a gallery that will take you back in time and compare the originals to the Netflix-generated. How well did the production team replicate the famed Studio 54 and legendary Liza Minnelli? Check out the faces and settings below.


Along with the show’s costume designers, Halston‘s casting team was hard at work. Nailing a long list of A-listers is no easy feat, yet the masterminds behind the series achieved it flawlessly. Our personal favorite was Rebecca Dayan’s beautiful portrayal of Tiffany’s icon, Elsa Peretti. Brava!


The center of the series, Halston himself, was excellently brought to life by Ewan McGregor. Giant sunglasses, black turtleneck, cigarette in hand, and his slicked hair made distinguishing the real and re-made quite difficult. Not to mention the incredible acting.

Elsa Peretti

Absolutely fabulous. Rebecca Dayan effortlessly became Elsa Peretti. With every scene and outfit, Dayan embodied the fashion cornerstone more and more. Can we get an Elsa Peretti mini-series too?

Liza Minnelli

Krysta Rodriguez simply is Liza Minelli. There is no distinguishing between faux and genuine on this casting.

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo’s eccentrism and bubbly personality is hilariously captured by Gian Franco Rodriguez. Almost as well as his jock strap was…

Joe Eula

Halston’s secret mastermind earned the narrative he deserved while played by David Pittu. Joe Eula’s signature glasses and talent with a paintbrush are central to the entire series.

Joel Schumacher

Though his role is brief, Rory Culkin rendered a young Joel Schumacher in his complex relationship with Halston. Another behind the scenes narrative that was yes to be recognized.

David Mahoney

The brains behind Halston’s creativity. Bill Pullman recreates the tough decisions and fashion industry rise behind David Mahoney, the businessman who managed Halston.

Eleanor Lambert

Gilmore Girls’ Kelly Bishop put feisty Eleanor Lambert on the pop culture map. Battle of Versailles, the event that changed everything for American fashion, was orchestrated by Lambert, the ultimate publicist. Halston’s re-creation of the Paris show was nearly as fabulous.

Film Locations

Walking in Halston’s glamorous footsteps in the 1970s is no easy feat in New York where the city is constantly reinventing itself. The mastery of cinematography for the series fooled our eyes when we found it was completely filmed in the states. It’s surpassingly beautiful how no one set foot in France for the famous 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show where Halston represented American fashion alongside Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass and Anne Klein.

Bergdorf Goodman

The fashion designer start in American fashion history began at the department store where he designed and managed the millinery department from 1958 to 1968. The department store still stands as a fashion destination.

Halston’s First Studio

On 68th Street and Madison Avenue, Halston sets up his first studio. The ground level becomes his first storefront on 813 Madison Avenue where the rich and prestigious would shop and get the designer’s attention. It’s where his team Joe Eula, Elsa Peretti, and Joel Schumacher assembled to create the disco dream.

Central Park

It was during a park walk where Eleanor Lambert famously convinced Halston to join four other American designers to raise funds for the Versailles restoration. The designer walked across Bow Bridge and down the mall of Central Park.

Park Lane Hotel

To start a fashion company requires massive investment and Halston got his first win when he meets with David Mahoney at the hotel’s restaurant on the second floor.

Loew’s Jersey Theatre

The opera house of Versailles where guests witnessed the battle was actually filmed separately. The Frenchy styled theatre in Jersey City which was established in 1929 with neo-Baroque and Rococo style.

Relocated Office at Olympic Tower

The Halston headquarters were located at the Olympic Tower at 641 Fifth Avenue next to the neo-Gothic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Halston famously had an all mirrored workspace, where the designer was always looking at you and you always looked like you were in a photograph perspective. The skyscraper was built in 1973 by the Skidmore Owings and Merrill architectural firm. It’s said that Tiffany’s designer Elsa Peretti designs inspired the T interior inside. Today the ground floor is for retail shopping.

Studio 54

The frequent clubbing with the likes of glamorous guests such as Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Mick and Bianca Jagger, and many more at the famous night club before the owners Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell went to prison for corporate tax evasion. The legacy of the disco lives on Netflix where it was completely recreated to the fullest imagination based on the photographs of socialites and stories from The Last Party by Anthony Haden-Guest.

Halston’s Home

The residence of Halston designed by architect Paul Rudolph was sold for million in 2019. The series recreated the interior living room in a modernist home in Red Hook. The series aimed for an interpretation of modern interior design, not an exact replica of the designer’s living space.

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