Halston's family say Ewan McGregor's Netflix series is 'inaccurate'

Ewan McGregor in 'Halston'. (Credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix)
Ewan McGregor in 'Halston'. (Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix)

Ewan McGregor’s new series about fashion icon Halston has been called “inaccurate” by the late designer’s family.

The Scottish actor plays Halston – whose full name was Roy Halston Frowick - in a new Netflix miniseries.

The US designer found fame in the 70s and his clothes were a big hit in the Studio 54 era. He died of Kaposi's sarcoma, an AIDS-defining illness, in 1990 at the age of 57.

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Ahead of the show’s release, the Halston Archives and family released a statement saying they “were not consulted on the upcoming Netflix series” and that it was “an inaccurate, fictionalised account”.

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“The Halston Archives remains the only definitive and comprehensive source on the man and his legacy as the personally appointed custodian of his private papers and effects,” the statement said.

According to The Guardian, the family have also suggested the series is “overinflated”.

Halston (Roy Halston Frowick) (1932 – 1990), 1979. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
Halston's clothes were a big hit in the Studio 54 days. (Rose Hartman/Getty Images)

Lesley Frowick, the designer’s niece, said as a custodian of the archives she was not consulted in any way.

Frowick said people “often like to focus on the most sensational parts of the story”.

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“Those details tend to be overinflated rather than placing the rightful emphasis on his incredible gift as an artist, the depth of his contribution to American fashion, his work ethic and his success as one of the first true American fashion influencers,” she was quoted as saying.

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Ewan McGregor stars in the new series. (Mike Smith/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

“In actuality, our uncle Halston was a very private, dignified gentleman, and it is my hope that he will be remembered and respected as such.”

Yahoo has contacted Netflix for comment.

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