Actress Jane Seymour has stunned on red carpets for five decades, but at 68, finding just what to wear on them has become more of a challenge. It’s not the actress herself — who’s as lovely as ever — but locating someone willing to design a dress for her.
“I was never paid by a designer to wear anything, although nowadays not every designer will dress someone my age,” Seymour told Britain’s The Guardian for an interview published Tuesday.
The Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman star said one of her solutions to the problem is recycling looks she’s worn in the past, although that’s not the norm in the world of designers, stylists and celebrities.
“I don’t care whether re-wearing clothes is acceptable or not — if I’m feeling the dress and the occasion, and if it fits, then I’ll wear it again,” Seymour said.
Seymour, who now appears on the Netflix series The Kominsky Method, recalled that there was a time when the late Gianni Versace would loan her gowns made for his sister, Donatella, because she and Seymour wore the same size.
Coming up with her own look is nothing new for the actress, who did the same thing early in her career.
“When I was younger I didn’t have any money,” Seymour said, “so I’d buy good fabric from Liberty — the offcuts that nobody wanted — or I’d go to vintage stores, bring-and-buy sales or church sales, and turn them into outfits for myself.”
While Seymour has noticed ageism, she’s doing her best to shun people’s idea of what an actress in her 60s is and should be like, even posing for Playboy just last year.
“There’s an enormous freedom in having lived as long as I have,” she told the magazine. “Like my father used to say, I’m comfortable in my own skin. I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone. When you’re younger, it’s all about ‘look at me.’ I’m not trying to get anyone to look at me.”
They’re doing that on their own.
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