The End of Halston
Even as Halston’s style was defining a generation, his business was slipping away from him. He refused to allow his name on anything he didn’t design himself—a restriction that severely limited his line through the 1970s. In 1983, his bosses at Norton Simon Industries asked Halston to design a down-market line for J.C. Penney, and he obliged. But the decision had drastic consequences, leading Bergdorf Goodman to drop his line. His business relations deteriorated from there. The following year, his bosses locked him out of the office after a tantrum; in 1984, he was fired for good. He lived the rest of his short life in self-imposed exile and died in 1990 of complications from AIDS.