Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston


Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

Critics Consensus

Its subject is fascinating, but Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston is a rambling and unfocused profile.



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A fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer-Halston- the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of NYC nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello, and Billy Joel, among others) round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined the most beautiful and decadent era of recent memory. -- (C) Tribeca


Whitney Sudler-Smith
as Whitney Sudler-Smith
Liza Minnelli
as Liza Minnelli
Andre Leon Talley
as Andre Leon Talley
Ralph Rucci
as Ralph Rucci
Cathy Horyn
as Cathy Horyn
Stephen Burrows
as Stephen Burrows
Bob Colacello
as Bob Colacello
Pat Cleveland
as Pat Cleveland
Anjelica Huston
as Anjelica Huston
Nicky Haslam
as Nicky Haslam
Boaz Mazor
as Boaz Mazor
Billy Joel
as Billy Joel
Nile Rodgers
as Nile Rodgers
Phillip Bloch
as Phillip Bloch
Ming Vauze
as Ming Vauze
Naeem Kahn
as Naeem Kahn
Amy Fine Collins
as Amy Fine Collins
Diane von Furstenberg
as Diane von Furstenberg
Chris Makos
as Chris Makos
Glenn O'Brien
as Glenn O'Brien
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Critic Reviews for Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (17)

  • The film is poorly structured, and most of Sudler-Smith's conclusions are trite.

    Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • I want to believe that Whitney Sudler-Smith, the director and camera-hogging "presenter" of Ultrasuede: In Search Of Halston, is some kind of Bruno-like parody of a fashion victim. He's too gloriously, self- importantly inept to be real, surely?

    Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • In sartorial terms, the fabric is to die for, but helmer Whitney Sudler-Smith's docu follows a banal pattern, while the finishing lacks finesse.

    Feb 23, 2012
  • A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal.

    Feb 9, 2012 | Full Review…
  • It's unfortunate that director Whitney Sudler-Smith seems to have spent more time on his own hair than his interview prep.

    Jan 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Lost in all this is Halston, who comes through only in dribs and drabs. If you're curious about him, skip this film.

    Jan 19, 2012 | Full Review…

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