Dolly Parton has always been more than just a country music legend; she's also a bona fide fashion icon. We’ve witnessed the evolution of her style over decades, and have continuously been inspired.
It was in the 1970s that Dolly embarked on a particularly memorable fashion escapade that included a series of now iconic butterfly capes, symbolizing her vivacious personality and fearless approach to life. It was during this period that Dolly's signature style grew to incorporate a blend of flamboyant designs, bold colors, and an abundance of rhinestones … so many rhinestones! Her butterfly capes were the epitome of her uniqueness, showcasing vibrant motifs that mirrored her exuberant spirit.
But Dolly’s fashion influence wasn't just confined to the '70s. Her wardrobe choices continue to inspire today, and her unapologetic embrace of glitz and glamour has left a mark on the fashionistas the world over. As Dolly once said, "It costs a lot to look this cheap." It's this authenticity and individuality that truly makes her an icon.
If you're a fan of Miss Parton and her incredible fashion sense, a collection of her beautiful seventies era butterfly capes are currently available for bidding in our, “Guitars and Memorabilia” auction – register online now!
As the famous story goes, when the Beatles were officially introduced to the world in 1963 with their singles “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me,” the band became an “overnight success.” But among their many albums, live performances, personal endeavors, and public relationships, their film career is one of the more interesting aspects of the band’s history.
Their first release was the now critically acclaimed A Hard Day’s Night – which began as a push from the band’s record label to enhance the unprecedented success they were having with the music alone. Although scripted, the film gave fans a deeper insight into the personalities of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. And, at first, it seemed like an artistic outlet that excited the band as well as the millions of fans across the globe. “When the film’s finished you get more satisfaction from it,” said Harrison of making the first film. “You feel as though you’ve done something worthwhile, more so than a tour.”
Things began changing with 1965’s Help! – a colorful musical adventure with a bigger budget that made John Lennon feel like they were “extras in their own film.” Of course, the fact that the band were admittedly stoned out of their heads for much of the shoot may have added to their feelings of alienation.
The fab-Four’s next release was 1967’s psychedelic adventure, Magical Mystery Tour, which followed the band as they journeyed around London on a tour bus. Spoiler Alert: The Walrus was Paul.
The band soon grew tired of having to film on top of their already grueling recording schedule. So when the animated film Yellow Submarine was pitched, they wanted nothing at all to do with it (aside from a short cameo at the end due to contractual obligation) and did not even voice their characters.
The fifth and final film, 1970’s Let It Be, came at the tumultuous end of the Beatles career, and followed the band, documentary-style, as they rehearsed and recorded songs from their final studio album of the same name. The film was released in May of 1970, after the shocking announcement of the Beatles' breakup.
Though they were rock stars first and foremost, their movies had a huge effect on world culture, and props and memorabilia from their film forays are highly sought-after today. In our current Music Icons auction, Julien’s is excited to offer a set of four umbrella props from the production of the classic Beatles film Help! Register online now to bid.
One of the highlight items of Julien’s upcoming auction Played, Worn, & Torn is Vince Neil’s black leather, fingerless glove that he wore during the heyday of Mötley Crüe, from 1982-1984.
Neil can be seen wearing this glove in the group’s music videos for “Looks That Kill” and “Too Young To Fall In Love,” both singles off of their breakthrough album Shout At The Devil (Elektra, 1983). Neil also wore the glove live on-stage during the band’s Shout At The Devil tour.
As pioneers in the glam-metal genre, one of the things that Mötley Crüe became known for were their outrageous outfits. Heavy make-up, leather clothing with spikes, long hair – these were the hallmarks of the Crue look, and the band leaned into it hard. While traveling through Edmonton International Airport in 1982 during their “Cruesing Through Canada” tour, Mötley Crüe were arrested for wearing their spiked stage outfits through customs because they were considered “dangerous weapons.” This incident plus two others during this stop in the tour – including Neil also being detained at the Edmonton airport for traveling with “indecent material” (adult magazines) and a bomb threat being called in while the band performed in Edmonton – were eventually revealed to be PR stunts set up by their manager’s assistant, Eric Grief. The stunts worked though and helped cement the legacy of Mötley Crüe and the power of their clothing for generations to come.
Now you have a chance to own an iconic part of rock history – register online at Julien’s Live to place your bid on Vince Neil’s black leather Mötley Crüe glove!
By the time Sinead O’Connor walked on stage to perform at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration on October 16, 1992, she already had a complicated relationship with audiences. The Irish-born singer-songwriter had amassed a huge fan base with both alternative music fans thanks to the soaring, passionate vocals and skills with lyrics on her 1987 debut album The Lion and the Cobra and reaped remarkable mainstream success with her follow-up in 1990’s Grammy Award-winning I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, which yielded the international number one hit cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
However, O’Connor had garnered a reputation for being a very outspoken young woman, which has rarely sat well with conservative music buyers. She’d received a threat from no less than Frank Sinatra for refusing to let the American national Anthem be played before her U.S. concerts. Less than two weeks prior to the Dylan tribute show, O’Connor was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live (it’s worth noting she’d already canceled a previously scheduled performance due to what she described as host Andrew Dice Clay’s disrespectful attitude toward women). The catholic-raised singer performed a stirring a cappella rendition of Bob Marley's 1976 protest song "War" and then, standing in front of millions of television viewers, ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II and shouted, “Fight the real enemy.”
It was intended as a response to mental and sexual abuse rampant in the Catholic Church, but the backlash was immediate and intense. Even Madonna, another outspoken female musician who should have had O’Connor’s back, mocked her. The Dylan show would mark her first public appearance since the SNL brouhaha, but the crowd wasn’t in a forgiving mood. Still, O’Connor had a perhaps unlikely supporter in music veteran Kris Kristofferson, who perfectly summed up O’Connor’s fighting spirit when he welcomed her to the Madison Square Garden stage. “I’m real proud to introduce this next artist whose name became synonymous with courage and integrity,” he said. “Ladies and gentlemen, Sinead O’Connor.” This intro was greeted with some applause, which was quickly drowned out by vicious booing and shouting.
The older performer whispered encouraging words to O'Connor, asking her to continue. O'Connor signaled for the band to stop the accompanying music and shouted lyrics from Bob Marley's "War" before leaving the stage and falling into the supporting arms of Kristofferson. She is reported to have thrown her laminated “All Access” pass to the ground, but it was picked up by a crewmember and saved for posterity. O’Connor would continue to record and perform live, but her career never fully recovered, and she suffered frequent bouts of mental illness prior to her death this past July.
Julien’s Auctions is proud to offer fans a chance to own O'Connor's original and personally used artist "Access All Areas" (AAA) credentials. It’s a one-of-a-kind memento from both that historic night and an artifact from a brilliant career that was compromised far too soon. Visit JuliensLive.com to register to bid.