Nolan Miller is a television costume designer best known for his work on the long-running 1980s series Dynasty, its spin-off series The Colbys and the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion. He has collaborated on many projects with television producers Aaron Spelling and Douglas S. Cramer.
Nolan Miller was born in Burkbarnette, Texas, USA in 1935. He grew up around the oilfields of Texas and Louisiana but was captivated by the clothes he saw on the Movie screen. After he graduated from high school, he went to Los Angeles and studied at the Choinard Art Institute. After graduating, he took a job in a florist shop in Beverley Hills. He became friends with Aaron Spelling and through him made an entry in the Film Studios.
He moved to Hollywood, intent on designing costumes for the famous film heroines. He toiled for many years, designing everything from Loretta Young's famous television entrance ensemble to Eva Gabor's Green Acres negligees. Here he managed to bring sublime chic even to the chickenyard. He was lucky to take over the crucial design job left vacant by the passing of Edith Head.
It was his good fortune to design for the small screen. He is particularly known for his dresses worn by the stars of the TV show "Dynasty" which became the favourite of the 1980's. His design studio had to generate 35 to 40 new outfits every week. They spent 2 days of each week to discuss a wardrobe and 5 days to make all the clothes. The show went on throughout the 1980's.
In the 90's after the Dynasty show stop airing, Nolan Miller became a private couturier for designer dolls. Many beautiful dolls have been issued dressed by him, in collaboration with toy-maker Mattel and he also markets licensed jewellery.
Some of the films for which Nolan has designed costumes over the years, are Finder of Lost Loves 1984, Sin Deep and Peter Gunn in 1989, Soapdish and All I want for Christmas in 1991, Life of the Party 1998, Love Boat, Titans, and in 2002 Charlies Angels.
In the year 2000 the Costume Designers Guild presented Nolan Miller with the Award for the year for Best Costume Design.
Nolan Miller's dresses for Dynasty have become the symbol of the dress style of the 1980's.
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