The mononymous fashion designer Halston had Botticelli’s eye for beauty and Boris Johnson’s head for numbers. He made his name in 1961 by designing the pillbox hat Jackie O wore to John F Kennedy’s inauguration and went on to redefine American style with his clean, minimalist designs. Then, at the height of his fame, he lost control of his fashion house and even his own name thanks to a string of terrible business decisions and his lavish personal spending. At least all that money didn’t go to waste though: it did buy an absolutely tremendous amount of cocaine and orchids.
Halston’s life story is now being given the Ryan Murphy treatment by Netflix, although “Ryan Murphy treatment” is not quite accurate. The often-audacious visual style that Murphy has made his signature with shows like Ratched and The Politician is