The culture of fashion: A Halstonette’s ephemera for sale


Halston worked with glamazon models like the late great Naomi Sims (draped in white silk jersey), Marina Schiano, and Elsa Peretti. Elsa came out with her head bowed in a black fedora. Backstage, I congratulated her on her wonderful presence. She shrugged her shoulders and exclaimed in her lyrical voice, “But Nancy, I bowed my head because I was so scared!” It was a time of models with great personalities – these women had unique styles. Elsa had that Warhol style that embraced the unpredictable yet fascinating.”

The above is from an interesting Q&A with Halstonette Nancy North, who is auctioning items including Elsa Peretti jewellery, Halston fashion sketches and candid snaps of Halston and co at Doyle today. My imaginary paddle is poised for the Antonio Lopez illustrations…

Nancy North by Antonio Lopez
Nancy North and Andy Warhol
 Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver and Leather Box

I wonder if a future generation will look back on Gigi, Bella, Kaia et al with the same obsessive fascination that my generation has for the Halston years? I hope these girls have someone in their midst capturing and archiving all the micro moments the way Warhol, Hiro and Lopez documented them. Instagram and selfies are great, but somewhat ephemeral. When you’re in the epicentre of the moment you don’t realise until it’s way too late…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Roy Halston; Nancy North by Antonio Lopez; photographer tbc; Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co sterling silver and leather box

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