'Dynasty' turns 40: Wild fashion moments from the '80s soap

The beloved ’80s primetime soap “Dynasty” turns 40 on Jan. 12, 2021. To mark the occasion, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at some of the wildest fashion moments from the ABC series, which aired from 1981 to 1989 and spawned a 2017 reboot, which is set to enter its fourth season later this year. Let’s start with this photo… Wow! While posing with a tuxedo-clad John Forsythe as Blake Carrington, Joan Collins’ Alexis Carrington Colby and Linda Evans’ Krystle Carrington really exemplified the ’80s. Alexis looked red-hot in a beaded gown with tulle poof sleeves, while Krystle donned a mostly black gown featuring colorful beadwork across the bodice. Now keep reading for more…

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Joan Collins’ Alexis Carrington rocked a satiny hot pink ballgown with poof sleeves that was straight out of the ’80s in a promotional photo for “Dynasty.”

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The baby blue wedding dress! Linda Evans’ Krystle Carrington memorably donned a long-sleeved satiny number with shoulder embellishments — which she rocked with a matching hat — when she and John Forsythe’s Blake Carrington tied the knot for the second time on “Dynasty.”

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And here’s a look at the pink dress featuring beaded fringe that Pamela Sue Martin’s Fallon Carrington wore while serving as Krystle’s maid of honor when she re-married Blake. (Check out the matching beaded fringe in her hair!)

Heather Locklear sported an animal-print suit with polka dot-print cuffs as her “Dynasty” alter ego, Sammy Jo. The best thing about this extra-loud ensemble? Her sandals in a different animal print!

Diahann Carroll’s Dominique Deveraux brought the drama in a black lace sequin-adorned long-sleeved gown in a promotional photo for “Dynasty.”

This group photo features some quintessentially ’80s sartorial selections courtesy of “Dynasty” stars Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Pamela Sue Martin, Pamela Bellwood, Heather Locklear and a classic tuxedo-clad John Forsythe.

Heather Locklear rocked a chunky beaded cardigan and a dated ‘do — dramatically teased tresses with bangs — as Sammy Jo on “Dynasty.”

Speaking of dated ‘dos… Catherine Oxenberg’s Amanda Carrington reached new heights with her teased tresses in this promotional photo for “Dynasty.” Even better? Her jacket features deep-blue velvet swaths over electric-blue alligator skin-print fabric.

While many epic ’80s fashion moments are on display in this shot of the “Dynasty” cast posing in front of a Christmas tree, we can’t take our eyes off Joan Collins’ Alexis! Let’s take a closer look…

The sequins! The poof sleeves! The jaw-dropping bling! The matching red lip! It was truly an epic fashion moment for Joan Collins’ Alexis in this unforgettable scarlet confection.

She did it again! Joan Collins’ Alexis stood out in a different red gown — a wrap dress with oversized poof shoulders that she wore with satiny white opera gloves — while posing with co-stars including ’80s fashion queens Pamela Bellwood (in a drop-waist midi-length dress with a plunging neckline), Linda Evans (in a blush beaded gown) and Diahann Carroll (in a black-and-white dress with an asymmetrical neckline and exaggerated shoulders).

Heather Locklear’s Sammy Jo risked a wardrobe malfunction in a purple dress with a plunging neckline on “Dynasty.” We especially love the way she completed her goddess-inspired getup with a gold belt resembling twisted rope.

Linda Evans’ Krystle looked royal in blue — a long-sleeved gown with a plunging neckline and matching lapis earrings — on “Dynasty.”

On-screen rivals Krystle (Linda Evans) and Alexis (Joan Collins) looked ultra-glam while posing together in glimmering gowns — a beaded number for Krystle and a gold dress with a matching fur-trimmed stole for Alexis that deserves a closer look…

Here’s a closer look at Alexis’s gold gown and matching stole. So extra!

Linda Evans and Joan Collins worked similar looks — a silver beaded gown for Krystle and a gold number for Alexis — while posing with John Forsythe as Blake in a promotional photo for “Dynasty.”

Here’s the silvery gown Joan Collins’ Alexis donned when she married Dex Dexter on “Dynasty.” (She gets extra points for her over-the-top flower-adorned veiled fascinator.)

But our favorite “Dynasty” wedding dress is the one Catherine Oxenberg’s Amanda wore when she married the prince of Moldavia. It was a major princess moment, indeed!

Pamela Sue Martin’s Fallon sported a delightful magenta long-sleeved blouse featuring a cartoony shooting- star print in a promotional photo for “Dynasty.”

Joan Collins’ Alexis is the queen of black-and-white ensembles topped off with oversized hats. Take this “Dynasty” look, for example!

Here’s Joan Collins’ Alexis sporting a different version of the same look: a black-and-white ensemble complete with a huge hat.

And here she is again in the best black-and-white ensemble yet: Joan Collins’ Alexis sported a jacket with an eye-catching squiggly design and a black collar, which she wore with a black wide-brim hat.

Linda Evans’ “Dynasty” golden girl, Krystle Carrington, wore a gold sequin-embellished jacket over a shimmery gunmetal dress in a promotional photo.

Not to be outdone, Catherine Oxenberg’s Amanda sported this truly befuddling gold sweater featuring two different fabric types on “Dynasty.” She continued playing with texture by completing her look with a black velvet scarf.

Joan Collins flaunted her trim figure in a black gown featuring metallic beadwork across the bodice while posing as her “Dynasty” alter ego, Alexis. She upped the drama with her feather-adorned veiled fascinator.

Have you ever seen anything more fabulous than this trio? Linda Evans’ Krystle, Diahann Carroll’s Dominique and Joan Collins’ Alexis stuck to neutral hues while posing together with (hopefully faux!) fur coats in a promotional photo for “Dynasty.”

Hospital gown… But make it fashion! Joan Collins’ Alexis looked impossibly chic in a silky blush robe and matching turban while hospitalized on “Dynasty.”

Linda Evans’ Krystle donned a timeless look — a simple spaghetti-strap dress belted at the waist — on “Dynasty.”

Joan Collins’ Alexis served major poof shoulders in a promotional photo for “Dynasty.”

Another quintessentially ’80s hair moment! Linda Evans rocked a teased ‘do with feathered bangs while posing in a shimmery blouse and eye-catching bling as her “Dynasty” alter ego, Krystle.

Joan Collins dazzled in a beaded one-sleeved silver number while dressed as her on-screen alter ego, Alexis, in a promotional photo for “Dynasty.”

 

Why did the red leaf-print button-down Linda Evans’ Krystle wore in this promotional photo with John Forsythe’s Blake feature giant white buttons? The world will never know.

Joan Collins’ Alexis was a vision in white in this beaded gown, which she wore with a matching jacket (naturally!) and satiny heels — a sure sign this “Dynasty” promotional photo was taken during the ’80s!

Diahann Carroll’s Dominique looked white-hot in a beaded jacket — which she wore over a white blouse accessorized with multiple strands of pearls — on “Dynasty.”

Linda Evans’ Krystle also had a major fashion moment in a white ensemble: Here she is raising temperature in a beaded backless midi-length frock while posing in a promotional photo for “Dynasty.”

Catherine Oxenberg’s Amanda wore a blue tweed jacket over a baby-blue shirt with an oversized turtleneck while posing with John Forsythe’s Blake in a promotional photo for “Dynasty.”

Joan Collins’ Alexis memorably went all out while dressing up as Queen Elizabeth I for her Olde English Fair party on “Dynasty.”

Here’s another “Dynasty” group photo dominated by Alexis’s killer sense of style: Joan Collins rocked a satiny white blouse with tiered sleeves while posing with co-stars Gordon Thomson, Pamela Sue Martin and John Forsythe. (Is this where Seinfeld got the inspiration for his puffy pirate shirt?)

It was all about the ruffles for Pamela Sue Martin in this promotional photo as her “Dynasty” alter ego, Fallon.

Chic siblings! Kate O’Mara and Joan Collins really brought their fashion A-game as sisters Caress Morell and Alexis Carrington while posing with on-screen brothers Ben Carrington (Christopher Cazenove) and Blake Carrington (John Forsyth). Caress rocked a deep-emerald gown with a plunging neckline, while Alexis sported a billowy red blouse with a high pie-crust neckline.

And here’s one last look at the cast of “Dynasty” in all their satorial splendor!












































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