Ewan McGregor transforms into iconic designer Halston as he films new Netflix series

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Ewan McGregor transformed into America’s first celebrity fashion designer Halston while filming Ryan Murphy’s new drama in New York City.

The Scottish actor, 49, looked dapper as he got to work on set with a large crowd of actors for group scenes shot during the night on Friday.

Getting into character, Ewan stepped out in a sleek white suit, that he paired with a black turtleneck top as he appeared to film party scenes outdoors.

Busy: Ewan McGregor transformed into iconic designer Halston in a white suit and black turtleneck top as he got to work on set of his new Netflix series in New York City on Friday

Busy: Ewan McGregor transformed into iconic designer Halston in a white suit and black turtleneck top as he got to work on set of his new Netflix series in New York City on Friday

His brunet locks were slicked back over his ears, and he shielded his eyes with a pair of shades to emulate one of the designer’s classic looks. 

During a break from filming, Ewan made sure to keep safe amid the coronavirus crisis by wearing a surgical face mask and shield in between takes. 

For the shoot, Ewan was seen chatting and smoking with his co-stars including a man who was seen in a fur coat and a mesh shirt that showed off his torso.

Ewan first began filming the Netflix show earlier this year, but filming was delayed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Keeping safe: During a break from filming, Ewan made sure to keep safe amid the coronavirus crisis as he wore a surgical face mask and shield in between takes

Keeping safe: During a break from filming, Ewan made sure to keep safe amid the coronavirus crisis as he wore a surgical face mask and shield in between takes

And, action! For the shoot, Ewan was seen chatting and smoking with his co-stars including a man who was seen in a fur coat and a mesh shirt that showed off his torso

Scenes: Ewan focused on the task at hand

And, action! For the shoot, Ewan was seen chatting and smoking with his co-stars including a man who was seen in a fur coat and a mesh shirt that showed off his torso

Touch-up: In between takes, Ewan was seen having his make-up fixed by a member of the crew

Touch-up: In between takes, Ewan was seen having his make-up fixed by a member of the crew

Halston, real name Roy Halston Frowick, enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in the 70s as he became the designer of choice, and confidante, to some of the most famous women in Hollywood. 

The designer began his career in Chicago, and designed the pillbox hat that Jackie Kennedy wore during her husband’s inauguration in 1960.

Moving to New York in 1966, the designer made his first ready-to-wear line, which led to him becoming one of the country’s most influential fashion designers. 

His shirt dress designs and beaded kaftans were a hit so he became the poster child for the minimally opulent fashion of the disco-scene, and prolific artist Andy Warhol even called his work the ‘the art form of the ’70s’.   

Delays: Ewan first began filming the Netflix show earlier this year, but filming was put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis

In character: Ewan looked stoic as he filmed scenes

Delays: Ewan first began filming the Netflix show earlier this year, but filming was put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis

Visionary: The limited series which will focus on the rise and fall of Halston, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a celebrity fashion designer (pictured in 1970)

Transformation: Halston, real name Roy Halston Frowick, tragically died from complications with AIDs in 1990 (pictured in 1970)

In 1973 he signed off his fashion empire for $12 million, and the opening of Studio 54 helped boost his success as he was regularly seen with starlets like Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli or Bianca Jagger on his arm when they went out to the venue.

Of his inspiration for designs, he told Vogue in 1980: ‘What we did, perhaps more than anybody else in the business, was to relax fashion and to create an American point of view that wasn’t there on that level before.’ 

Thanks to his success Halston embarked on a life of debauchery, which saw him host sex parties, sleep with male prostitutes and serve them steak as a form of foreplay, as well as watch Moroccan sex shows that featured bestiality, according to author Steven Gaines.

Career: Halston designed the pillbox hat that Jackie Kennedy wore during her husband's 1960 inauguration, and in 1966 he became one of the country's most influential fashion designers

In character: Ewan was seen transforming into the designer on set

Career: Halston designed the pillbox hat that Jackie Kennedy wore during her husband’s 1960 inauguration, and in 1966 he became one of the country’s most influential fashion designers

Iconic: His shirt dress designs and beaded kaftans were a hit, and prolific artist Andy Warhol even called his work the 'the art form of the ’70s' (pictured with Liza Minnelli in 1975)

Iconic: His shirt dress designs and beaded kaftans were a hit, and prolific artist Andy Warhol even called his work the ‘the art form of the ’70s’ (pictured with Liza Minnelli in 1975)

Gaines, who wrote the book Simply Halston that the show is based on, said of the designer’s wild sex life: ‘Being trash was venerated. The trashier you could be, the more you could get laid, the more drugs you could take.’

The author went on to detail how Studio 54 co-owner Steve Rubell would hand out quaaludes during Halston’s wild parties in his lavish New York pad, and how the designer would host man-on-man orgies alongside his on-again-off-again partner Victor Hugo.

Warhol even took photos of the sex parties from the side, while publicist R. Couri Hay claimed that ‘Victor had the keys to the safe with the cocaine.’

Life of fame: Halston was regularly seen with starlets like Elizabeth Taylor (pictured in 1977), Liza Minnelli or Bianca Jagger on his arm when they went out to Studio 54

Life of fame: Halston was regularly seen with starlets like Elizabeth Taylor (pictured in 1977), Liza Minnelli or Bianca Jagger on his arm when they went out to Studio 54

Star: Halston became the designer of choice, and confidante, to some of the most famous women in Hollywood (pictured with Bianca in 1977)

Star: Halston became the designer of choice, and confidante, to some of the most famous women in Hollywood (pictured with Bianca in 1977)

Going on to detail his affair with Halston when he was 17-years-old, Hay revealed: ‘He looked at me like I was a really yummy ice cream cone. It took a year before I succumbed and slept with him.’

However, Halston’s life of excess soon took its toll, as he tested positive for AIDS in 1988 and tragically died in 1990, in San Francisco.

The new Netflix show, created by American Horror Story’s Murphy, is a limited series.

Enjoying himself: In 1973 he signed off his fashion empire for $12 million, and the opening of Studio 54 helped boost his success and party lifestyle

Enjoying himself: In 1973 he signed off his fashion empire for $12 million, and the opening of Studio 54 helped boost his success and party lifestyle

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