Diane von Furstenberg has revealed she was inspired to enter the world of fashion by Halston founder Roy Halston Frowick.
Diane Von Furstenberg has credited Roy Halston Frowick with inspiring her to work in fashion.
The designer credits the flamboyant 70s fashion star - who created the label Halston - with boosting her interest in the industry because of the "liberal" approach he took to his creations.
She said: "He was one of the reasons I got into fashion. He introduced a liberal approach to fashion; a modern approach."
However, Diane thinks the designer - who died of lung cancer complicated by AIDS at the age of 57 in 1990 - made "mistakes" in his career that made him lose heart.
She added in new documentary 'Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston': "But we all make mistakes - sometimes you associate with the wrong names - his was working with JC Penney: he never recovered from that. He lost his heart I think. He became part of that Seventies phenomenon - you know, abuse."
Milliner Philip Treacy also praised the "superstar" designer for his technical skills.
He told Vogue.co.uk: "He was the first US designer superstar. He knew how materials and fabrics worked and how to use them - he was technically brilliant. If a woman was to walk into this room tonight wearing one of Halston's dresses from the Seventies, she'd still look fabulous. That is not an easy thing to master."