Fashion: Dressed To Kill - and Die

As more and more designers succumb, AIDS takes a devastating toll on the fashion industry

When Halston died last week at the age of 57, the first reports gave the cause simply as cancer. The designer's brother, Robert Frowick, however, quickly confirmed the rumors that for months had rippled through the fitting rooms and executive suites of the glittering haute couture world. The truth was that Halston, who introduced U.S. women to the pillbox hat, slinky jerseys, tunics and Ultrasuede, who dressed Betty Ford, Liza Minnelli, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor, and who partied hard with the best of the jet set, had succumbed to AIDS.

The initial reluctance to name the cause of Halston's...

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