Pierre Schermann
Owen Gleiberman
January 24, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
89 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/20/12
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

This film has a grander trajectory than just about any other fashion doc. Halston, looking like a sunglassed cross between Henry Fonda and Richard E. Grant, leads a couture revolution when his sleek, draped designs take American women into a new era. The film’s darkly bedazzled view of the ’70s is spurred by great dish from André Leon Talley, Liza Minnelli, and Nile Rodgers, who set the stage for Halston’s triumphs — and his jaw-dropping fall when, high on fame (among other things), he sells his name to JC Penney and his empire collapses. A-

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