My career in entertainment began on the "Donny and Marie Show" in the early '80s. As a makeup artist, my place of work was across a wide hall from the wardrobe department. The wardrobe room was a warehouse full of bejeweled gowns for the star-studded cast, all designed by a short, ascot-and-jazz-beret-wearing white-haired man named Rhett Turner.
Rhett could sketch like Michelangelo. His drawings were posted up all over the walls of his design room. I looked forward to having an excuse to go in there so I could stop for a moment and get lost gazing into a free-form, black and white sketch of iconic high fashion. They were eye candy to me. Once, I asked my Santa-esque friend about the belt accessory on an outfit to be worn by Raquel Welch. His response is as clear in my memory today as that moment when he chirped, "No, Loa, less is more."