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Lipscomb Presents "Dolly Parton and the Makers: My Life in Rhinestones"

Lipscomb’s one-of-a-kind exhibition brought Parton’s iconic fashion and career to thousands this fall.

Dolly and the Makers Exhibition
A rhinestone shines just as good as a diamond. — Dolly Parton

Lipscomb University took that homespun wisdom to heart and decked out the Beaman Library and its John C. Hutcheson Gallery in rhinestones for its festive opening of the one-of-a-kind fashion exhibition “Dolly Parton and the Makers: My Life in Rhinestones,” which drew 8,000 visitors to campus from Oct. 31 to Dec. 9.

The exhibition, a one-of-a-kind, limited time fashion event, offered a glimpse “behind the seams” at 27 of global superstar Dolly Parton’s iconic outfits from throughout her storied career. The display was the first physical interpretation of Parton’s fashion-focused book, Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones, which debuted at No. 4 on the hardcover nonfiction NYT Bestseller List in November.

Check out these links to see photos from the exhibit and on-campus throughout its run, read more about the gala opening attended by Dolly Parton herself and more on student involvement from marketing to designing their own fashions inspired by Dolly.