Dallas TV show star Linda Gray modeled some dresses straight out of the 80s

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Actress Linda Gray’s character on Dallas, Sue Ellen Ewing, was a millionaire fashionista who set style trends — and bears at least some responsibility for the preponderance of shoulder pads back in the 80s.

The real woman behind Sue Ellen also was fashionable for the time, and she modeled a few dresses for Good Housekeeping magazine back in 1982. Here’s a look!

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Linda Gray with Larry Hagman on Dallas

Linda Gray on the cover of Good Housekeeping (1982)

Linda Gray on the cover of Good Housekeeping (1982)


For the rich girl look at penny-pincher prices, sew silk!

Opulent enough even for Linda Gray (Dallas’ super-spender Sue Ellen Ewing), who models them here, our high-style silk dresses are also simple to sew — and cost a fraction of their ready-made counterparts.

$35: Dazzle of a dress in glimmering silk shantung by Dorchester, a Jonathan Hitchcock design. Simplicity pattern 5336.

Linda Gray of Dallas models silk dresses to sew (1984)


$75: Chic silk jacquard by Wellman in a bow-tied blouse and dirndl skirt. An Adolfo design. Simplicity pattern 5192.

Linda Gray of Dallas models silk dresses to sew (1983)

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$95: Floral silk chiffon from Stylecrest, and a super-easy pattern make this dreamy butterfly-sleeve dress. Simplicity pattern 5145

Linda Gray of Dallas models silk dresses to sew (1985)


$33.50: Pastel peach silk crepe de chine, perfect for this slither of a dress, designed by Cathy Hardwick. Stylecrest fabric. Simplicity pattern 9518.

Linda Gray of Dallas models silk dresses to sew (1982)

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