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Art world gossip has it that Halston is selling every last Andy Warhol work he owns to rid himself of any reminders of the embarrassments he has suffered from the publication of Warhol’s diaries. In Andy’s written record, he gave his old chum Halston far more than 15 minutes worth of diary time, going into more bitchy detail about the designer’s life-style and alleged familiarity with drugs than the reclusive Halston apparently appreciates. New York art dealer Fred Dorfman is handling the sale of Halston’s Warhols, which range from paintings ($20,000) to napkins decorated with pornographic drawings ($7,000 per napkin). Dorfman, who has aided Halston with his art collection for years, says, “To say that Halston is selling Warhol’s works, many of which were gifts from Andy, out of anger is not a true understanding. And I don’t want to start anything. Halston has always been a buyer and a seller of art.”


Linda Ronstadt and former flame Star Wars producer George Lucas are an item once again. Linda is combining romance with music, since she recorded parts of her next album, described as Cajun-flavored, at Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California’s Marin County. Some members of the San Francisco Symphony were bused to the ranch to play. Aaron Neville of New Orleans’s Neville Brothers will also be adding to the Elektra Records release, due by fall.


Do the loafers look sufficiently scuffed and the khakis properly rumpled in Robin Williams’s new movie, Dead Poets Society? Then credit Disney with hiring a master consultant for the film, which is set at a New England prep school in 1959. Lisa Birnbach, author of the definitive 1980 Official Preppy Handbook, was called in to advise Australian director Peter Weir on the way young scholars at America’s private institutions of secondary education looked back then. Besides, Lisa also happens to be married to one of the movie’s producers, Steven Haft. Her job? Shlepping Weir to Polo stores “to see how Ralph Lauren exploited it all” and making sure 1959 dress codes were observed. “I saw one of the kids on the set with greased back hair, and I almost broke into tears. I said, ‘No preppy in the 11 th grade would go around with Bryl-Creem on his hair. Only thugs did that,’ ” says Birnbach. Also banned were leather jackets. “If someone wore them then, you’d think they were subversive, like they smoked pot or had sexual relations.”