Monday, July 14, 2014

My collection: Sketch of red jersey Krystle gown

This is the Nolan Miller sketch for the red matte jersey gown worn by Linda Evans.  This gown was made for Linda's role as Krystle, and the design was also used for the McCall's "Dynasty Collection" dress pattern kits.  I do not believe Linda ever wore this design on the show, but she did wear the gown for the photo shoot for McCall's as well as to a personal event.  This sketch is done on large sketch board.  The back of the sketch has hand written notes stating "# 12 - Linda Evans - Krystle - Dynasty".  This leads me to believe that this design was made for Linda to wear on the show and perhaps the scene got cut or a different gown was used instead.

If anyone has any information on where Linda wore this design, or the location of the actual gown, please let me know!

 
 
 

 


Friday, July 4, 2014

MOST WANTED: Black beaded with crystal trim Alexis gown

This is my very top favorite Alexis gown from Dynasty, and one of my top three favorites from the show.  It has several elements that I really like.  I like the color black, I like the zig-zag beading, and I like the extra pop of the crystal trim around the edges and waist, which gives some added interest.  This design is also more classic and less 80's flamboyant, as many of Joan's gowns on Dynasty were.  Nolan drew inspiration from old Hollywood glamour for many of his designs, and this gown was one of them.

WANTED: If anyone has this gown, or any information on its whereabouts, please let me know!



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

MOST WANTED: Red velvet bows Elizabeth Taylor gown

This gown was made for Elizabeth Taylor by Nolan, and was worn on the cover of the December 1985 issue of Vanity Fair, as well as for the photo shoot that was used for the pictorial.  I am not sure if Elizabeth ever wore this gown to any functions or in other photo shoots.  I like the red velvet material, it's simplicity in the basic regal cut but accentuated with the bows at the shoulders.  Nolan Miller had a great talent for designing gowns for Elizabeth that made her look glamorous, sexy, and elegant over age 50.  Obviously Elizabeth had a lot to do with the success of the designs, as she was a gorgeous woman, but I think it takes talent to combine all of those attributes into one gown for a woman of that age.

WANTED: If anyone has this gown, or any information on its whereabouts, please let me know!

 
 
 


 
 


Monday, June 2, 2014

MOST WANTED: Red beaded Fallon gown

This is one of the most iconic gowns from Dynasty, and it was never even worn by a main character on the series! This is the gown Pamela Sue Martin wore in the opening credits of Dynasty, as Fallon.  This gown is definitely Fallon's most memorable gown-- a memorable gown for a memorable character.  This piece is definitely the most used gown of any of the Dynasty wardrobe.  To my knowledge, 4 different actresses wore this gown affiliated with Dynasty, and it was also used on Love Boat as well.  Emma Samms wore this gown for promotional shots as Fallon once she took over the role, and it was also worn by Joan Collins for personal appearances and a photo shoot, and was incorporated into the storyline and worn by a short term character who played Jeff's new wife.  This gown is unique as it is heavily beaded and expensive like the gowns made for Linda and Joan, but has a much sleeker and younger feel.

WANTED: If anyone has this gown, or any information on its whereabouts, please let me know!

 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MOST WANTED: Sky blue beaded paisley Krystle dress suit

This beautiful suit is comprised of a jacket patterned with a beaded paisley design with beaded horizontal stripes in the background, and a matching long skirt with the same beaded stripes.  Linda wore this for a photo shoot that was used for several Dynasty ads and promos.  Krystle, or really Rita in disguise as Krystle, wore this suit to a party when the Colby family of California came to visit Denver.  I generally gravitate more towards the gowns versus suits and daywear, but as this is very formal and intricate, and basically a gown, I really like it a lot.  I also think the sky blue color is amazing on Linda.

WANTED: If anyone has this gown, or any information on its whereabouts, please let me know!

 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WANTED: Red floral beaded Barbara Stanwyck gown

This is the gown Nolan designed for Barbara to wear to the 1982 Academy Awards where she won an honorary Oscar.  A few years later Nolan would design an identical gown for her in pink to wear as Constance Colby on Dynasty.  The red gown came with a wool jacket trimmed in sable.  The gown's beaded floral design is very beautiful, as is the gown, but I generally prefer the more voluptuous looking pieces.  This gown definitely has a more matronly and conservative look, due to the modest cut of a high neckline and long sleeves.  I still think it is a very nice piece, but more than the gown, I find the sketch absolutely stunning.  The sketch is detailed like a portrait, and I dare say Nolan did Barbara a few favors when creating her likeness on paper. I would like to own this gown, but Id really love to own the sketch!

WANTED: If anyone has this gown or it's sketch, or any information on their whereabouts, please let me know!