Lohan and Bowler. Credit: Jack L. Zeman / A+E

“Liz & Dick”

Nov. 26, 2012

Costume Designer Salvador Perez faced some unique challenges when designing for the Lifetime TV movie “Liz and Dick,” featuring actress Lindsay Lohan as the iconic Elizabeth Taylor.

In addition to working 21 hour days over a 20 day shoot and operating on a very small budget, Perez was challenged to make the looks both believable and iconic.

“I had to evoke and be inspired by Elizabeth Taylor, but flatter Lindsay Lohan,” says Perez, who insisted that Lohan wear kitten heels rather than towering platforms to portray the 5’2″ Taylor.

Since Taylor and husband Richard Burton were among the first Hollywood stars snapped regularly by paparazzi, Perez had a large pool of photos to reference in his research. One of the most iconic Taylor ensembles is the lemon chiffon wedding dress she wore for her nuptials with Burton, and of the looks re-created in “Liz and Dick,” Perez describes this dress “as the nearest to reality.” The original dress was made by film Costume Designer Helen Rose and eventually sold at auction. Perez dressed Lohan in a very similar vintage yellow dress that he found through Costume Rentals Corporation. Lohan’s tiny 23-inch waist made it easier for her to fit into the film’s period garments, and fortunately for Perez, he didn’t have to touch the dress—Lohan stepped right into it and the fit was perfect.

In regards to accessories, Perez found antique flowers at California Millinery, where he scoured the store until he found as many as possible. The pale blue vintage accents worn in Lohan’s hair were the perfect complement to her dark locks, vibrant colored dress and stunning diamond and emerald brooch.

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