The (fash­ion) gospel ac­cord­ing to Dame Joan Collins

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‘I’m equally at home in a pantsuit and T-shirt as I am in a ball gown. I don’t want to look like any­one else. I don’t fol­low “trendy” fash­ion or out­fits that are geared to­wards the very young. I de­sign many of my own dresses and cos­tumes and en­joy choos­ing the fab­rics my­self.

I started to feel con­fi­dent in my teens, when I es­chewed pretty lit­tle frocks, which were the style of the time. I chose to wear black polo-neck sweaters and tight, match­ing trousers or a full skirt with a wide belt to em­pha­sise my (then) very small waist, with mas­sive gold gipsy ear­rings. Tres Juliet Greco.

I choose what I wear each day de­pend­ing on a) the weather, and b) what my plans are. It may be trousers and a cash­mere sweater if it’s cold and I’m stay­ing in or an el­e­gant suit if I have a busi­ness meet­ing or go­ing to lunch.

There are so many out­fits I loved (in Dy­nasty) but the grey silk wrap dress worn with a fur cape trimmed with grey fox and a match­ing hat and boots is one of my favourites. How­ever, to­day that would be too over the top to wear.’

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