Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, he studied in New York, began his career illustrating fashion columns in the New York Herald Tribune and later worked for Life magazine. He designed sets and costumes at New York City Ballet for Robbins and Balanchine from the 1960s and became creative director of the design firm Halston in 1970. His work as a fashion illustrator, costume designer and poster designer led to engagements with artists including Miles Davis, Lauren Bacall, Candice Bergen, Liza Minelli and the Supremes. As a fashion illustrator, he worked with firms including Chanel, Givenchy, Versace and Yves St Laurent, and had a long association with French and Italian Harper’s Bazaar. Work for Jerome Robbins includes costume designs for Dances at a Gathering and The Goldberg Variations. He died in 2004.