Nolan Miller’s A-list dress design sketches to go under the hammer

Sketches of dresses worn by Dame Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, and Farrah Fawcett are to go under the hammer at an upcoming Julien’s Auctions sale.The Property from the Estate of Nolan Miller auction takes place on 18 July in Beverly Hills, with coll…

Sketches of dresses worn by Dame Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, and Farrah Fawcett are to go under the hammer at an upcoming Julien’s Auctions sale.

The Property from the Estate of Nolan Miller auction takes place on 18 July in Beverly Hills, with collectors also able to participate online.

The event features a collection of 127 lots, including more than 100 costume sketches. Highlights include a series of watercolor on board costume sketches for the series Dynasty, including a Collins costume sketch inscribed from the actress to Miller; several sketches of Taylor, including a sketch of the gown she wore as a presenter at the 1987 Academy Awards and a sketch of the gown she wore to the 1985 Golden Globe Awards inscribed from Taylor to Miller; and a Charlie’s Angels costume sketch and photograph inscribed from Fawcett to Miller.

Bette Davis and Ginger Rogers sketches also feature, as well as photographs, letters, notes, correspondence, and awards.

Commenting on the respected designer, who passed away in 2012, Collins stated: “All of these stars loved him, as I did.”

The brochure notes explain the late Miller, whose designs epitomised Hollywood glamour, not only designed garments for the original leading ladies of cinema but he also developed close friendships with Rogers, Davis, Collins, Taylor, Lana Turner, Lucille Ball, Sophia Loren, and Joan Crawford, among many others.

He brought the “fashion fantasy previously reserved for film to television and established a working relationship and friendship with Aaron Spelling”.

“He would create his most iconic and memorable looks for the television series Dynasty, which ran from 1981 to 1989. Joan Collins’ wardrobe from the series still inspires admirers to elevate their style goals,” the notes add.

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Naomi Campbell wearing Elizabeth Taylor’s caftans during coronavirus lockdown

Naomi Campbell has been modelling clothing once owned by Elizabeth Taylor while at home during the coronavirus lockdown.Last month, the British supermodel hit headlines after she documented the extreme measures she had been taking to stay healthy while…

Naomi Campbell has been modelling clothing once owned by Elizabeth Taylor while at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

Last month, the British supermodel hit headlines after she documented the extreme measures she had been taking to stay healthy while travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, and even caught a flight to New York City while wearing a full hazmat suit.

However, now that Naomi is back at her home base, she has been wearing T-shirts, sweats, Adidas outfits, and workout clothes during the day and more glamorous attire in the evenings.

“At night, to give a little change, I wear caftans. I’ve got some really great ones. I’ve got some I bought from Elizabeth Taylor’s auctions, so I have some of hers. I’ve got one from the Middle East. I’ve got some beautiful ones from Africa,” she told InStyle.com. “I may dress up for something here and there – I wore something the other night for (an Instagram Live) cooking (session) with Jon Gray from Gastronomical Cribs with Ghetto Gastro. But again, it was a caftan. I’m just chilled.”

In recent days, Naomi has been sharing messages on her social media pages encouraging her followers to stay strong during the difficult period. But she has also been grappling with a wide range of emotions.

“We have to stay in the light. We have to. To keep each other up every day. I cried today. I cried when I saw the ship (USNS Comfort dock in New York). I went up to the roof and filmed it. Just the way it was entering, it was very emotional,” the 49-year-old commented. “It’s sober but emotional at the same time. I just found myself crying.”

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Kim Kardashian accused of wearing blackface for magazine cover

Kim Kardashian has been accused of wearing blackface for a new photoshoot.The 39-year-old shared images on social media from her appearance in the bi-annual fashion magazine 7HOLLYWOOD, in which she is shown wearing a black wig, diamonds and pearls to …

Kim Kardashian has been accused of wearing blackface for a new photoshoot.

The 39-year-old shared images on social media from her appearance in the bi-annual fashion magazine 7HOLLYWOOD, in which she is shown wearing a black wig, diamonds and pearls to channel the late movie icon Elizabeth Taylor.

The KKW Beauty mogul told her followers that she dressed in exclusive pieces from the Mugler archives, including a racy black sequinned corset dress featuring an intricate design on the chest.

“Wearing Mugler Private Archives for @7hollywood_mag. WHAT A DREAM,” Kim captioned the snaps.

However, the reality star has come under fire from social media users who have accused Kim of darkening her skin for the shoot.

“This is so problematic,” one user commented, while another wrote: “STOP TRYING TO MAKE YOUR SKIN DARK WHITE GIRL.”

Behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot, posted by 7HOLLYWOOD on Instagram, also showed Kim’s skin looking several shades lighter than what was published in the magazine.

“Why is she closer to her natural color in the video, but darker than Beyonce in the photos?” one follower pointed out in the comments on the post.

A representative for Kim has yet to comment on the controversy, but a source close to the star who was on the set of the shoot has insisted to New York Post’s column Page Six that her darker skin tone was because of the lighting.

“There are multiple covers and images from this shoot where the lighting looks more natural,” the source said. “People are so quick to find the negative in everything and also often forget that she is of Armenian descent.”

It’s not the first time that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has been accused of wearing blackface.

Back in 2017, Kim was criticised when she released images to accompany her KKW beauty contour and highlight kits, which featured her skin several shades darker than her natural colour.

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Rachel Weisz to star as Elizabeth Taylor in A Special Relationship

Rachel Weisz will portray late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in upcoming biopic A Special Relationship.The movie will centre on the late star’s journey from actress to activist and her friendship with her personal assistant Roger Wall, a gay man who …

Rachel Weisz will portray late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in upcoming biopic A Special Relationship.

The movie will centre on the late star’s journey from actress to activist and her friendship with her personal assistant Roger Wall, a gay man who worked his way out of extreme poverty in America’s Deep South before pursuing a career in Hollywood.

Wall took his own life in 1991 after he was diagnosed with HIV.

Taylor, who called his death “one of the biggest losses of my life”, was one of the first celebrities to publicly join the fight against HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.

Set to be developed by female directing duo Bert & Bertie from a script by Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy, A Special Relationship is based on hours of interviews with those who knew Taylor.

Weisz follows in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter, Lindsay Lohan and Sherilyn Fenn, who have previously portrayed the iconic Hollywood actress.

Barbara Berkowitz and Tim Mendelson, trustees of the Elizabeth Taylor Estate/House of Taylor Trust, will be executive producing alongside Danny Perkins and Simon Gillis.

Producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said the film “is a celebration of how friendships can change people’s lives, and how Elizabeth helped change the world.”

“Audiences are clearly fascinated by the private lives of iconic Hollywood stars,” they added in a statement. “There is no one more iconic than Elizabeth Taylor, and Simon Beaufoy has written a role that shines a light on Elizabeth’s humour and humanity, which will be beautifully brought to life through the extraordinary talents of Rachel Weisz.”

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Karl Lagerfeld sketches expected to make thousands at auction

A selection of original sketches by Karl Lagerfeld are expected to sell for thousands when they’re auctioned in Florida later this month (April19)The archive of 125 original sketches and portfolios have been privately owned since the 1960s, and were d…

A selection of original sketches by Karl Lagerfeld are expected to sell for thousands when they’re auctioned in Florida later this month (April19)

The archive of 125 original sketches and portfolios have been privately owned since the 1960s, and were drawn by the late designer while he was working as a couturier at the House of Tiziani in Rome during the early stages of his career.

The sketches are expected to sell for around $1,000 (£766) to $3,000 (£2,300) each, while other portfolio collections on offer at the auction are estimated to reach between $2,000 (£1,533) and $4,000 (£3,067).

Two of the most coveted items in the collection are designs intended for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor.

The sale is being held by Urban Culture Auctions on 18 April (19) in association with Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

Speaking about the legacy of the designs, Rico Baca, co-owner of Urban Culture Auctions, gushed over the late designer.

“These sketches are the work of one of the most brilliant couturiers of the last half century,” he reflected. “They are very rare and might not have survived had they remained in Lagerfeld’s possession.”

The collection is especially rare as the creative was renowned for not holding on to any of his work.

“I throw everything away,” he told The New Yorker magazine in 2007. “The most important piece of furniture in a house is the garbage can! I keep no archives of my own, no sketches, no photos, no clothes—nothing!”

The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 on 19 February from complications of pancreatic cancer.

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Joan Collins: ‘If I’d done casting couch I would have played Cleopatra’

Joan Collins has revealed she would have played the role of Cleopatra if she had “been nice” to the studio bosses at the time.The actress, 85, spoke candidly about her early Hollywood experiences during an appearance at the London Palladium on Sunday (…

Joan Collins has revealed she would have played the role of Cleopatra if she had “been nice” to the studio bosses at the time.

The actress, 85, spoke candidly about her early Hollywood experiences during an appearance at the London Palladium on Sunday (17Feb19).

Performing her show Joan Collins: Unscripted, the actress was asked about rumours that she was in the running for the title role in 1963’s Cleopatra, which was eventually played by Elizabeth Taylor.

After showing a clip of her initial screen test, the performer addressed the political climate in Hollywood during the mid-20th century, suggesting that bosses favoured actresses that were “nice” to them.

“I’ll tell you something now that we are in the Me Too generation,” she said. “If I had been nice to those heads of studios and those people that were running Cleopatra, I would have played Cleopatra.”

The Dynasty star, who shared the stage with husband Percy Gibson, admitted that the head of 20th Century Fox at the time, Buddy Adler, had propositioned her when she was in line for the role.

Gibson went on to recall a story that he had read at the time, with Collins joking that she responded to the unwarranted advances with the quip “my agent’s outside, let’s bring him in and make the deal.”

Despite suggesting that several Hollywood actresses had made similar deals with studio bosses to secure roles, the American Horror Story star confessed that she’d never been enticed.

“I’ve never been involved,” she insisted, reiterating, “I’ve never done casting couch or any of that.”

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Camilla Belle lives by beauty advice from mother and grandmother

Actress Camilla Belle relies on beauty tips passed down by the women who raised her. The 32 year old has become known for her fashion choices and bold makeup and tells Us Weekly she received helpful advice from her mother and grandmother early on that…

Actress Camilla Belle relies on beauty tips passed down by the women who raised her.

The 32 year old has become known for her fashion choices and bold makeup and tells Us Weekly she received helpful advice from her mother and grandmother early on that has stuck with her.

“My mom always told me to wash my face entirely and moisturise and I used to be quite bad about putting sunscreen on every morning, but now I do,” she shares. “I don’t leave the house without putting sunscreen on my face, so those are things that I’m now sort of adapting as I’ve gotten older.”

Her mother has also been her go-to resource for style inspiration over the years.

“I have to give a lot of credit to my mom,” Camilla explains. “She has been my stylist and clothes extraordinaire my entire life, so we kind of work on everything together. We’re really inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and old Hollywood (glamour), so if anything, I’ll turn towards photos of her.“

The brunette beauty also swears by a tip handed down to her by her grandmother.

“My grandma was a really stunning woman and even when she was almost 80 years old, she would never leave the house without putting on her lipstick, even if it was to walk from one corner to the other,” she says.

“She didn’t have to have any other makeup on, but she had to put on her lipstick,” she added. “I think there’s something to be said about that and always keeping up appearances in a way.”

And so, just like grandma, the star always puts on a little makeup when she’s heading out, sharing that mascara is her go-to item.

“That’s my thing,” she smiles. “Or I’ll at least curl my eyelashes. I think I picked that up from my grandma. She wouldn’t leave (the house) without adding that one touch.”

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Handbag designer Judith Leiber dies hours after artist husband

Beloved handbag designer Judith Leiber has died, aged 97, just hours after her husband. She died on Saturday (28Apr18) at her home in Springs, New York as she mourned the passing of her partner, painter Gerson Leiber. Both died of natural causes, acc…

Beloved handbag designer Judith Leiber has died, aged 97, just hours after her husband.

She died on Saturday (28Apr18) at her home in Springs, New York as she mourned the passing of her partner, painter Gerson Leiber.

Both died of natural causes, according to reports.

Born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary, she became the queen of the clutch, with stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Greta Garbo among her fans, and more recently Blake Lively, who showcased a quirky fish-style bag at The Age of Adeline premiere in 2015. She also famously gifted each U.S. First Lady one of her minaudieres.

She studied chemistry in London but returned to Budapest to apprentice as a handbag maker and while selling her wares to members of the armed forces, she met her husband, a member of the U.S. Signal Corps. The Leibers wed in 1946 and moved to New York, where Judith worked for several handbag manufacturers.

Her career as a designer took off in 1953 after she created a pink rhinestone bag for Mamie Eisenhower to carry to her husband’s presidential inauguration, but it took her 10 years to build up the courage to go it alone and start her own company.

Her most famous pieces featured images of birds, cats, lions, rabbits, and dogs, and she often worked with ostrich, alligator, and frogskin.

In 2009, she launched a museum for her handbags in East Hampton, while her designs are also on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Dallas Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and the Smithsonian.

Her contemporary fans have also included Dame Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, and Amy Adams, who have all clutched one of the designer’s creations on the red carpet in recent years.

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Whoopi Goldberg wore Elizabeth Taylor’s red AIDS awareness ribbon to Oscars

Whoopi Goldberg honoured her late friend Elizabeth Taylor on Sunday (04Mar18) by borrowing one of her red AIDS awareness ribbons to wear at the Oscars. The Ghost actress and TV personality attended Hollywood’s big night wearing a dark green/blue off t…

Whoopi Goldberg honoured her late friend Elizabeth Taylor on Sunday (04Mar18) by borrowing one of her red AIDS awareness ribbons to wear at the Oscars.

The Ghost actress and TV personality attended Hollywood’s big night wearing a dark green/blue off the shoulder floral Christian Siriano ballgown, and featured the red ribbon prominently on her neckline.

While the general purpose of the accessory was widely recognised, Whoopi reveals the ribbon was extra special because it was one of the exact ones philanthropist Elizabeth herself had actually owned.

“I was wearing the red ribbon which belonged originally to Elizabeth Taylor,” she explained on Monday’s (06Mar18) episode of her talk show The View.

“It was the 25th anniversary of her receiving the Jean Hersholt (Humanitarian) Award (from Oscars bosses), and we wanted to signal to people that the fight is not over, so… that was fabulous.”

Meanwhile, Whoopi, who rarely wears dresses, admitted she had a little trouble with her gown as she headed to the Dolby Theatre ceremony.

“It wasn’t so much a malfunction, but you don’t realise that there’s a lot of tulle in your dress, so it took four people to get me in the car, and once I got in the car, all the tulle was up (against the window)…,” she shared.

“Getting out of the car was interesting, because, of course, you don’t want to show everybody your business (flash people), but there you are!”

The 62-year-old, who was able to forgo wearing high heels to the event by hiding her favourite Dr. Martens boots under her floor-length skirt, faced another wardrobe issue once she stepped into the venue.

“I had this gorgeous dress and Christian put pockets in it so I could walk around (without a bag), so it was fabulous, but I realised, when I saw the seats inside the auditorium, that I wasn’t gonna be able to sit in that dress in that auditorium, because again, it would be showing (Oscars host) Jimmy Kimmel stuff he didn’t need to see!”

It seems Whoopi decided to spend the evening hanging out backstage as a result of her dress conundrum, as she was not featured prominently on-camera during the televised ceremony.

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