Ewan McGregor will portray gay fashion designer Halston in the limited TV series “Simply Halston,” according to Deadline.
“Simply Halston” will follow the rise of Roy Halston Frowick, a milliner from Indiana, as he transforms into the one-name moniker and fashion powerhouse, Halston. His career was kickstarted when he designed Jacqueline Kennedy’s famous pillbox hat that she wore to John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration. He later became a well sought after designer creating pieces for celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnell, among others. He also designed the uniforms for U.S Olympic team, Girl Scouts, NYPD and Braniff Airways.
He made the controversial decision to sign a deal with J. C. Penney in 1983 which was a rare move for a high-end designer to partner with a chain store. His company was eventually acquired by Revlon and in 1984 he was banned from creating designs for his empire.
Halston’s on and off again lover was Venezuelan artist Victor Hugo. Halston died in 1990 of AIDS-related complications.
Dan Minaha (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace”) is on board to direct. Sharr White (“The Affair”) will pen the script. McGregor, White and Minahan will also be executive producers for the project.
No release date has been announced.