This week’s #TBT Style Salute goes to none other than Dame Joan Collins, you may know her as Alexis Carrington Coby from the ICONIC soap opera, Dynasty.
This woman has known nothing but the regal life since birth, in a family biography, Collins shared the story of how her mother would hang a “Do Not Kiss” sign on her daughter’s stroller around World War II asking people not to kiss the beautiful baby. People would gift her clothes and jewels for her mother to dress her up.
The London-born actress got her break in Hollywood as an accredited beauty pageant contestant in the 1951 movie Lady Godiva Rides Again. She became “The Cameo Queen” driving around Hollywood in her signature Thunderbird and always on the arm of high profiled men like our very own Harry Belafonte. Her beauty and style made her the muse of many directors, in 1981 it made sense that Collins take a role for the struggling soap opera Dynasty and breathe life back into the viewership. Creator Aaron Spelling raved at the success of the show and said the secret to the show’s success was that “We didn’t write Joan Collins, she played Joan Collins.”Dynasty allowed Collins to take her everyday style and influence and maximize it through her character.
Two decades after the finale of Dynasty The Emmy winner is still recognized as the vengeful and chic Alexis Carrington Colby. Collins’ witty words of fashion wisdom have been quoted on numerous occasions. Once quoted in an airport wearing all white with a brigade of Louis Vuitton trunks following she shared, “Darling, white for a flight is divine. Jogging bottoms on a jet is just nonsense.’
She may be cold on the screen, but in reality, she is the warmest soul, constantly looking for ways to help the less fortunate. In 1997, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Collins with the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the arts and her numerous philanthropic ventures. In 2015 Collins became, Dame Joan Collins after Prince Philip bestowed the honorary title of Commander of the Order Of The British Empire (DBE) for her charity work. Collins is still giving back by opening exhibits, and auctions of her amazing looks from her personal fashion archives and the proceeds go to her multiple charities she supports.Thank you, Dame Joan Collins, for being unapologetically chic, regal, graceful, kind. We salute you.
Written by @Irontheworld