Those who knew him personally remember his generous nature, perfectionist mentality and way of offering suggestions.
"He never commanded people. He suggested," says his niece,
The designer gave her his personal archives and suggested that if she should ever want to write a book about him she'd have everything she'd need. She followed through and her research for the book, slated for publication in October by Rizzoli, led her to
Because of the overlap between Halston and Warhol's personal and professional lives, the museum offered her the opportunity to co-create an exhibit spotlighting the pair's relationship and contributions to art and fashion.
The exhibit "Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede" opens today to the public and will run through
The display of Halston creations, Warhol art, ephemera, photos and video clips take visitors from Halston's early years as a self-taught milliner in
For Ms. Frowick, it's a walk down memory lane. The daughter of diplomat
"My mother was probably always the best-dressed person at the functions," she says. "Throughout his career, he was always giving his creations away."
Clothes he designed for Ms. Frowick also are on display.
"He just figured out my whole wardrobe for me," she says, particularly while she worked for him in the early 1980s. She went on to study at the
"I was his little wing person going along with him, and he wanted me to be dressed appropriately."
During her stint with him in her early 20s, she became acquainted with his circle of star-studded friends, including Warhol. He was "quiet, funny and curious," she writes in the exhibit catalog. She recounts weekends in Montauk with Halston and Warhol, who came dressed for the beach in long sleeves with a parasol and zinc ointment on his face to protect his sensitive skin. He was a regular guest at her uncle's shows and parties. On the last birthday she celebrated with Warhol before he died, he gave her an "I.O.U. one art." She also was the subject of one of his Polaroid shoots.
"I remember distinctly he was wearing all black, like black jeans and black
Her portrait, along with other Warhol Polaroids, are part of the exhibit.
In addition to Warhol, Halston found inspiration in works by artists
"I'm a nature boy," Halston often said.
Halston, Warhol and their notable friends -- including
"They were networking before people were networking," Ms. Frowick says.
Some of Warhol's time capsules contain artifacts of their friendship, such as one filled with "Muppets" memorabilia from
Warhol loved it, Ms. Frowick says.
When Warhol died, Halston was "noticeably upset," Ms. Frowick writes in the exhibit catalog. She spent the days after his death with her uncle sharing stories and condolences.
"The era that [Halston] was doing his thing was so unique and full of razzle dazzle," she says. "Society was changing so quickly and becoming more integrated. It was a time in history that just doesn't exist anymore, not just historically but in terms of fashion, too."
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