Dolly Parton Opens Fashion Exhibit With Some Of Her Iconic Looks

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With Dolly Parton known for her iconic voice and power on stage, her wardrobe has become just as famous as the star. With the singer releasing a new album and book, she has spent the last couple of months touring the country, talking about her life and the decisions that led her to dominate country music. While any fan of Dolly knows her look and style, she recently talked about the inspirations behind her wardrobe and even celebrated the opening of an exhibit entirely inspired by her fashion sense.

Before Dolly Parton traveled to Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, for her exhibit, she discussed her iconic look throughout the years, telling PEOPLE how she drew inspiration from the Fredrick’s of Hollywood catalogs. “I was kind of influenced by those early days, with women I would see, like the loose women in our town, or just people I’d see in magazines and the Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog.”

While some didn’t agree with her style decisions, the singer admitted, “I felt about what I thought of me, because I felt if I was comfortable in whatever I was wearing, then people would be comfortable around me.”

It’s All About Comfort

Keeping with how much she cared about comfort, Dolly Parton noted, “I’m sure people might have been uncomfortable thinking they would be uncomfortable looking like I did, but if I seemed comfortable in it, they were willing to accept it. So I just kind of grew in the business kind of like that, being a little bit over the top about most things.”

Trusting her instincts, Dolly Parton’s style helped her stun both the country music industry and Hollywood. With her career spanning music, movies, and books, it comes as no surprise an exhibit would honor such a legend.

And that is exactly what happened on Friday when she cut the ribbon for the Dolly Parton and the Makers: My Life in Rhinestones. At the ceremony, she said, “I’m amazed at how much I’ve done, I really am. Someone says how does it feel to see all that? I think, ‘Phew, that’s a lot of living.'”

Dolly Parton Recalls Favorite Look

Also excited about the exhibit, which will stay at the Lipscomb University’s Beaman Library, was President Candice McQueen. Showcasing some of Dolly Parton’s most iconic looks until December 9, McQueen shared her excitement. “We are thrilled to partner with Dolly Parton and those behind her iconic fashion to offer the community this exciting opportunity to have an up-close look at some of her favorite outfits and to learn more about these treasured looks.”

As for Dolly’s favorite look at the exhibit, the singer pointed to her performance of He’s Alive at the 1989 CMA Awards. “I love that song. I remember that moment I sang that song. It meant so much to me.”

Which Dolly Parton outfit is your favorite? Be sure to share your answers below.

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