Jane Seymour: ‘Not every designer will dress someone my age’

Jane Seymour has claimed certain fashion designers are hesitant to dress older women.

The actress rose to fame as Bond girl Solitaire in the 1973 flick Live and Let Die, and has become a red carpet staple, regularly stepping out in designer gowns from the likes of Versace, Escada, and Nolan Miller.

However, Seymour recently told The Guardian that borrowing looks is becoming increasingly difficult as she gets older.


“I was never paid by a designer to wear anything, although nowadays not every designer will dress someone my age,” the 68-year-old said, before sharing her own thrifty tip. “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.”

Despite the occasional rejection, Seymour doesn’t have to worry about where her next look will come from, as she became accustomed to designing her own garments early in her career.

“When I was younger I didn’t have any money 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,” she confessed.

But that DIY approach was short-lived, as the star soon became pals with late fashion designer Gianni Versace, who used to lend her clothes he made for his sister, Donatella – including the beaded catsuit she wore to the 1991 Emmys – as the two wore the same size.

“Looking back, I can’t believe I wore it,” the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman actress said of the daring ensemble.