NEW YORK -- Halston, a designer whose personal life attracted as much attention as his fashions, will be examined from both sides this fall. "Simply Halston," a biography by Steven Gaines, is scheduled for publication in September.
Advance copies of the book, which is an account of stormy business and personal relationships, drug use in the heyday of Studio 54 and a successful battle with cancer years before he contracted AIDS, have been sent out by the publisher, Putnam's. Halston died in March 1990.
In another view of Halston, as a designer rather than as celebrity, a retrospective show of his fashions titled "Halston: Absolute Modernism" opens on Oct. 29 at the Fashion Institute of Technology.