“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap,” Dolly Parton has frequently said. And yet many of her looks are anything BUT cheap. Over the course of her career, the buxom superstar has appeared in hundreds of razzle-dazzle high-glam country fashions. Here, she sits down with Vogue to talk about 11 of her favorites.
The ’70s were relatively toned down for Dolly, but her signature glamour began to take form in the ’80s. Parton recalls attending the premiere of her film 9 to 5 in 1980 and being completely new to the red carpet experience. She enlisted the film’s costume designer, Ann Roth, to make a dress for her, resulting in an embroidered, strapless pink gown with a matching fur stole. “I remember feeling really pretty,” Parton says. “That was probably the first time that I ever felt fashionable.” During the ’80s, Parton hosted her own variety show called Dolly, and she continued to turn out glitzy, theatrical looks—always in collaboration with Dolly’s costume designer Tony Chase. She recalls a 1987 episode with Oprah Winfrey. “I remember us loving our outfits,” she says of their glittery gold dresses. “Tony was always trying to put me in all these clothes that had these big ol’ shoulders—I said, ‘Tony, you gotta tone it down a little. There ain’t nothing big about me but my mouth and my boobs!’”
Dolly’s motto? “More is more, and whoever made up ‘less is more’ is full of it!”
Words to live by!