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Halston Hats

American, 1932-1990

Recognized for the understated but wholly glamorous fashions he introduced in the 1970s, and revered today for his vintage dresses, sunglasses, handbags and other enduring designs, Roy Halston Frowick defined the spare, body-conscious style of the so-called Studio 54 era. In doing so, he became a legend himself, known simply as Halston, a lean moniker that represented the visionary minimalist ideals he would inject into the world of fashion.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa — but raised in Evansville, Indiana — Halston moved to Chicago in 1952, where he worked as a window dresser by day and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at night. In the late 1950s, he moved to New York City. As the hat designer for Bergdorf Goodman, he had his first encounter with fame in 1961 when Jackie Kennedy wore a pillbox hat he designed to President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Less than a decade later, after hats fell out of fashion and sales plummeted, Halston launched his own ready-to-wear line and opened a ​​Madison Avenue boutique.

One of Halston’s early successes was the sexy Ultrasuede shirtdress, an unassuming adaptation of a man’s oxford shirt introduced in 1972 that became a fashion staple for the well-dressed woman. Named for a washable synthetic fabric that evokes the feel of suede — Halston is said to have previously seen innovative designer Issey Miyake wearing the material — the Ultrasuede shirtdress was cut to complement many figures with buttons that began at the breastbone rather than at the garment’s structured neckline. In one season, 60,000 were sold. Ultrasuede became a Halston signature, and he would use the fabric in coats, luggage and other items.

But it was his seductively simple nightlife designs that made Halston an international name. Often cut on the bias or sewn with single seams, his garments were constructed to flatter the female form like no evening gowns that had come before, popularizing such styles as the halter dress. “Halston brought a spark of the divine to everything he did,” said model Pat Cleveland during an interview about the 2021 Netflix series based on his life.

And, for a while, the designer was as ubiquitous in the clubs as his designs. “For two decades, [Halston] was the king of New York nightlife,” wrote Steven Gaines in Vanity Fair. He was a regular at Studio 54, partying with the likes of Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli and his Halstonettes, his coterie of glamorous models and muses that included Elsa Peretti. The close friend and collaborator of Halston’s transformed diamond jewelry for Tiffany & Co. after signing a contract with the storied American luxury house in 1974.

Halston won four Coty American Fashion Critics' Awards over the course of his career. In 1973, he sold his company to Norton Simon, and in the early 1980s, it switched ownership again. By 1984, neither his name nor his company were his own. Halston continued to work, however. He collaborated with close friend and legendary choreographer Martha Graham, designing critically acclaimed costumes for her, including for her dance work Persephone in 1987. Halston died of complications from AIDS in 1990.

Today, Halston’s designs can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and more.

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Designer: Halston
1960s Halston Ivory White Brown Mongolian Lamb Fur Vintage 60s Hat and Muff Rare
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic and super rare early 60s HALSTON Mongolian lamb fur hat and matching muff ! Jackie O Kennedy wore a Halston hat and muff to the 1961 presidential inauguration, making Halston a ...
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1960s Halston Hats

1970s Halston Ultra Suede Tan Brown Vintage 70s Fedora Hat
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic 1970s HALSTON ultra suede tan fedora hat ! Features the soft versatile ultra suede Halston was known for. Can easily be washed in the washing machine ( on cold water and gentle ...
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Halston Coco Brown Mongolian Lamb Hat
By Halston
Located in New York, NY
This Very rare Vintage Halston Mongolian lamb in coco-brown is so fun to wear and at the same time will keep you warm during those cold months ahead! Its' fully lined along with a wo...
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Rare Halston Ivory Wool Felt Hat with Silk Ribbon Accents
By Halston
Located in New York, NY
This wonderful rare Halston's ivory wool felt hat is accented with a wide 3" silk ribbon. The interior circumference measures 22", exterior circumference measures 42". Height measur...
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1970s Halston Silk Jersey Champagne Slinky Sleeveless Vintage 70s Dress
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
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NWT 1970s Halston IV Purple / Pink One Size Fits All Vintage 70s Maxi Dress
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Deadstock (new with original store tags attached) 1970s HALSTON IV purple/pink long sleeve maxi dress ! Features a slinky jersey with a matching tie belt. Hook-and-eye closure at cen...
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1970s Halston Kelly Green Silk 3/4 Sleeves Vintage 70s Shirt Dress w/ Pockets
By Roy Halston Frowick, Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic classic 1970s HALSTON 3/4 sleeves silk shirt dress ! Buttons up the front. Pockets at each side of the waist. The perfect dress for anytime of year. Very well made with heavy at...
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1970s Halston Crimson Red Ultra Suede Long Sleeve Vintage 70s Shirt Dress
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic vintage 70s HALSTON crimson red ultra suede long sleeve shirt dress ! Buttons up the front, and can also be worn as a duster. Pockets at both side of the hips. Dress this classi...
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1970s HALSTON Cashmere Camel Tan 70s Vintage Dress and Cardigan Sweater Jacket
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
No one did cashmere or beading quite like HALSTON! This chic 1970s HALSTON ensemble consists of a long cashmere cardigan and sleeveless cashmere dress. Simply slips over the head and...
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1970s Halston Lipstick Red Silk Chiffon Vintage 70s Wrap Cape Dress
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Amazing 1970s HALSTON lipstick red silk chiffon dress with attached cape ! Wrap style with interior snap and two hook-and-eye closures and elastic waistband. Three layers of the most...
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1970s Halston Red + Black Abstract Animal Print Three Piece 70s Dress Ensemble
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Fabulous vintage 70s HALSTON Couture red and black abstract animal print chiffon three piece dress ensemble! Under dress features two layers of semi sheer chiffon and nude silk strap...
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1970s Halston Silk Rayon Sleeveless Chic Vintage 70s Little Black Dress
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
The perfect HALSTON 1970s little black dress ! I just love the lines on this beauty. While it looks like a halter dress from the front, it is not a halter dress. Buttons up the front...
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Halston 1970s Salmon Peach Ultrasuede Vintage 70s Belted Jacket and Skirt Suit
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Beyond chic HALSTON ultra suede salmon / peach jacket and skirt ensemble ! The perfect color for anytime of year - not quite pink, but not quite tan. Single breasted jacket has a sha...
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1970s Halston NWT Gold + Silver 70s Vintage Lurex Gown + Duster Cardigan
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Museum worthy deadstock ( new with original store tags ) 1970s HALSTON metallic gold and silver lurex evening gown and duster cardigan jacket ! Soft stretch lurex fabric. Maxi dress ...
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Halston IV 1970s Rare Novelty Fish Print Black and White Vintage 70s Ensemble
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare HALSTON IV 1970s black and white novelty fish print three piece jersey ensemble ! Top features an asymmetrical neckline on the front and back. Skirt is a flirty easy fit with an...
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1970s Halston Black Sequin Lurex Knit Vintage 70s Disco Beanie Skull Hat
By Halston, Roy Halston Frowick
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic and classic 1970s HALSTON black metallic lurex knit sequined beanie skull hat! Features hundreds of hand-sewn sequins on a soft knit lurex that stretches to fit. Jazz up any out...
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70s Halston Black Wool Brimmed Hat with Feathers Size 7 Vintage
By Halston
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Here's a pretty wool felt hat with feather brim, made by Halston in the early 70s. In excellent preowned condition with minimal signs of prior wear. No size tag, but it measures ap...
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Halston Vintage Wool Pillbox Hat with Beaded Stick Pin, 1960s
By Halston
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Here's an early pillbox hat from Halston, who started off making his own hats in the 1950s, before being known for his clothing in the 1970s. Made from a vanilla wool, this hat feat...
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Chic 1970s Halston Navy Blue Wool Gold Buckle Vintage 70s Hat
By Halston
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic 1970s HALSTON navy blue wool hat! Soft navy blue wool with a gold buckle on the side. The perfect stylish addition to any outfit. In great condition. Made in USA Will fit an arr...
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Ivory Halston Doeskin Fedora Hat, 1970s
By Halston
Located in Tucson, AZ
Crushable, packable and stylable in multiple ways, this fedora is the saucy gal's alternative to the boho floppy hat. Its light color, super luxe hand and jet black grosgrain band ke...
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Size: none; comparable to size 22
Vintage 1970's Halston Hat with Patent Leather trim
By Halston
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Elegant and Halston hat in burgundy wool felt with patent trim. Around the crown is pleated black patent and the brim is piped as well. 1970s. Excellent condtion 15" diameter 3.5"...
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1970s Halston Bamboo Sun Hat
By Halston
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Often regarded for his designs utilizing ultrasuede, Roy Halston is considered to be one of the quintessential American designers. Halston’s designs were made to be glamorous, withou...
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1960s Halston cream felt cocktail hat with rhinestone trim
By Halston
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
From the 1960s a cream wool cocktail hat with rhinestone trim...side rolled brim...fabric is marked Halson...Labeled Halston.... Measurements are: 21 1/4" inside band 4 1/4" hig...
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Bergdorf Goodman Custom Pillbox Hat
By Halston
Located in New Hope, PA
Halston is credited with designing the pillbox hat which was popularized by Jacqueline Kennedy. Halston was the head of the Millinery Salon at Bergdorf Goodman, so it is probably saf...
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Rare Halston Wig Hat
By Halston, Bergdorf Goodman
Located in New Hope, PA
Feather covered cream wool hat labeled Halston at Bergdorf Goodman, from a series of Wig Hats designed by Halston in the early 1960's.
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1970s Halston Black Sequin Knit Skull Cap
By Halston
Located in San Francisco, CA
1970s black hailstone sequin knit skull cap with black metallic lurex fibers. Since this piece is knit, it can accommodate a variety of sizes.
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Halston Luxurious Black Silk Velvet Fox Fur Cape & Fox Fur Hat Ensemble
By Halston
Located in San Francisco, CA
These two Halston original pieces from different eras of Halston`s career make a striking ensemble: a 1970s double-sided silk velvet stole trimmed in plush fox fur is luxurious and ...
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Halston hats for sale on 1stDibs

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