Nolan Miller escaped from his hardscrabble childhood to the movies each Saturday to admire every peplum and ruffle worn by 30s and 40s stars. His ambition was to dress Joan Crawford, and he fulfilled it. More importantly, Nolan, who has died aged 79, revived Crawford's merciless chic for the television series Dynasty, (1981-89), recreating the hard drama of her style for Joan Collins as its resident bitch, Alexis Carrington Colby. He set such a dominant norm for dressing up that to this day wedding guests and Ascot attenders take Alexis as a model.
Miller was born in Burkburnett, Texas, one of five children of a carpenter and a cotton-picker who followed the Okie route west to San Bernardino in California. He studied at art college, longing to be a studio designer, graduating just