Coated in crystalline jewels, over-the-top ensembles and polished off with those unforgettable power shoulder pads, the women of the ’80s TV show Dynasty were the ultimate fashion and jewelry spectacle – and one sassy answer to banishing away your Monday Blues in this week’s Monday Muses post.
From Sammy Jo Carrington (Heather Locklear) the conniving and ever controlling wife of Steve Carrington to the glam grand madame Alexis Morrell Carrington (Joan Collins), this show was packed with more drama, diamonds and opulence than all seasons of Bravo TV’s Shahs of Sunset AND The Real Housewives of New Jersey combined. The overwhelming success of Dynasty even spawned a popular fashion and fragrance line.
Sadly so, those statement sparklers iconic to Dynasty were left behind in the merchandising mix. With a weekly costume budget of $35,000 per episode, it’s no wonder why all the women were bedecked in diamonds and generously sized gems. Still today, the show is revered as a jewelry inspiration with designers like Alexis Bittar who released a Dynasty-inspired collection with Joan Collins as the model for one of his costume jewelry collections in 2010. Let’s take a look at some of the fabulous women who put the couture into chaos…..
Socialite turned brash business woman Alexis Colby (Linda Collins) was known for her tempestuous marriages. Sassy red nails and statement silhouettes, Colby was the Samantha Jones of the Dynasty bunch.
Dutiful wife known for her feathery platinum hair, Krystle Carrington (Linda Evans) was the au natural known for her moral stature and altruistic attitude. With minimal make-up and a sophisticated pared-down elegance Krystal was the absolute opposite of the provocative Mrs. Colby.
Sammy Jo Carrington (Heather Locklear) was renown as the selfish, scheming and unrestrained femme fatale. Carrington appeared in the later seasons of Dynasty and will always be remembered for her playfully posh sensibilities and scene-stealing chandeliers that are as long as her legs. Who is your favorite Dynasty diva?