‘Dynasty’ Fashion Icon Nolan Miller Dies At 79
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Nolan Miller, the man who made shoulder pads fashionable on TV’s outrageous and over-the-top “Dynasty,” has died.
Miller, who battled lung cancer for six years, died Friday morning in Woodland Hills at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital.
The news was first reported by his close friend, Joan Collins, who played the evil and scheming Alexis on the popular nighttime soap.
While Miller was best known for “Dynasty,” he was long-associated with uber producer Aaron Spelling and Miller designed costumes for “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Love Boat,” “Hotel,” “Vega$,” “The Colbys,” “T.J. Hooker” and “Fantasy Island.”
The Texas-born Miller won numerous accolades and awards for his work, including four Emmy nominations (one win) for “Dynasty.”
His designs proved so popular, the show launched an apparel line.
Shoulder pads, sequins, cleavage, feathers, lace, satin … nothing was off limits in Miller’s design style.
Miller’s other credits include the movie “Soapdish” (also produced by Spelling) and TV movie “Making of a Male Model” (also starring Joan Collins), “Paper Dolls,” and “Bare Essence.”
Miller had a successful jewelry line on QVC that he launched in 1992. He officially announced his retirement on QVC in July 2011.
On their site Friday, QVC wrote, “QVC loses a legend. Since his first appearance, Nolan Miller was a beloved personality. He defined Hollywood glamour through his jewelry and accessories and he treated everyone with the same respect he treated his Hollywood friends. Nolan’s gentle, genuine spirit will be greatly missed by all.”
Miller met his former wife through one of his earliest private clients, Matilda Gray Stream, a New Orleans socialite.
According to the New York Times, Miller designed Stream’s daughter’s wedding dress. About 10 years later, after her marriage had ended in divorce, he married Sandra himself, in 1980. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1993. She died in November 2011. The couple had no children.