The Nashville community will have a unique opportunity to take a peek “behind the seams” at Dolly Parton’s iconic outfits in a special exhibition at Lipscomb University this fall. Lipscomb’s Department of Fashion and Design presents “Dolly Parton and the Makers: My Life in Rhinestones,” happening from October 31 to December 9 in the John C. Hutcheson Gallery in the university’s Beaman Library.

The one-of-a-kind, limited-time fashion exhibition will feature 25 of Dolly’s fashions from throughout her storied career and will highlight the makers behind the looks, the songs, the stories, and the true magic that happens behind the seams. This fashion exhibition will be the first physical interpretation of Dolly’s new fashion-focused book, “Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones,” set for release on October 17 via Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House and available for preorder here.

“We are thrilled to partner with Dolly Parton and those behind her iconic fashion to offer the community this exciting opportunity to have an up-close look at some of her favorite outfits and to learn more about these treasured looks,” said Lipscomb University President Candice McQueen. “This unique fashion exhibition will also provide tremendous learning opportunities for our students as they discover more about the creative process and techniques and interact with the makers who have developed these fashions.”

In “Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones,” Dolly shares for the first time the full story behind her lifelong passion for fashion, including how she developed her own distinctly Dolly style, which has endeared her to fans around the world. The exhibit is curated by Dolly’s archivist Rebecca Seaver.

Seaver also curated “Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones.” Dolly’s former head seamstress, Iisha Lemming, will serve as Artist-in-Residence for the Department of Fashion & Design this fall to assist in the development and execution of the exhibit.

“Iisha Lemming has worked for me over 15 years and is the artist-in-residence at Lipscomb University,” said Dolly. “Iisha and Rebecca Seaver have put together this display celebrating the makers of these clothes and 25 of my favorite looks celebrating the people who make it all happen.”

Ticket Sales Start September 1

Tickets for the fashion exhibition are $25 per person for a 45-minute tour. The tickets are limited and are for timed entry. All tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. The exhibit hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking is available for guests adjacent to the library in the lot located at One University Park Drive, Nashville. Visit the Lipscomb University website for tickets and information.

Dolly springs forward with an array of fresh surprises up her sleeve this spring!

As the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, there's no denying that spring is in the air. Dolly always seems to have a little extra sparkle this time of year, from new music to charitable endeavors, fun family attractions and more. There is so much to look forward to this spring – take a closer look at everything Dolly has in store for us this season!

Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks Unite to Host the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards on May 11

“Country Music’s Party of the Year” will make history this May with its iconic host pairing of Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. The 58th Academy of Country Music Awards airs on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT, streaming live exclusively for a global audience across 240+ territories on Prime Video from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Dolly Kicks Off “Big” 2023 Season at Dollywood

Dollywood welcomes guests as they kick off their 2023 season, which is shaping up to be one of the busiest years in the park’s history. Two impressive projects—the Big Bear Mountain roller coaster and Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort—are both scheduled for completion this year. Dolly announced Big Bear Mountain’s opening occurs in May, while bookings for HeartSong Lodge & Resort start in June with stays beginning in November.

Dollywood Opens for 2023 Season

Spring Forward Into Adventure at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Spring Forward Into Adventure at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Dolly’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge and Branson welcomes families to kick off the spring season with an evening of action-packed fun. Enjoy a bountiful four-course feast while delighting in a thrilling show filled with singing and dancing, impressive horse-riding stunts, family-friendly comedy and more.

Sail Into Spring Family Fun at Pirates Voyage

Experience Fun, Feast, & Adventure at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

At Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach, buccaneers of all ages are invited to set sail into a fun spring season. This exciting adventure features everything from pirates battling for hidden treasure to high-diving mermaids, plus a delicious Pirate Feast. Come join in the fun!

Spring Into Reading With Imagination Library

Spring Into Reading With Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library welcomes the arrival of spring by celebrating the growth of Dolly’s book-gifting program, putting free books into the hands of more children than ever before! The Imagination Library now gifts over 2 MILLION books each month, with 1 in 10 children under the age of five in the United States receiving an Imagination Library book in the mail each month! As of March, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library surpassed the 200 million book milestone, celebrating the arrival of spring with over 204 million total books gifted since the program’s inception.

“Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones”

Dolly Parton Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones

Dolly announced her new book Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones, an inside look at her iconic fashion and distinctive style, is due for release October 17, 2023. Dolly shares, for the first time, the full story behind her lifelong passion for fashion, including how she developed her own distinctly Dolly style, which has defied convention and endeared her to fans around the world.

Dolly Launches “Vinyl Me, Parton” Record of the Month Subscription

Vinyl Me Parton

Vinyl Me, Please and Dolly Parton are excited to announce a first-of-its-kind monthly record club devoted to the legendary career and peerless catalog of Dolly Parton. Starting in April 2023, Vinyl Me, Parton will give Dolly fans a monthly connection with her catalog on vinyl, with twelve Records of the Month spanning the entirety of Dolly’s recording career.


As the season of spring arrives, witness the magnificence of new beginnings that envelop the earth. Bask in the radiance of sunshine piercing through the clouds and seek out the emergence of colorful rainbows. Allow this beautiful time of year to bring you happiness and harmonize your soul.

“Love is Like a Butterfly”

Your laughter brings me sunshine
Every day is springtime
And I am only happy when you are by my side
How precious is this love we share
How very precious, sweet and rare
Together, we belong like daffodils and butterflies
Love is like a butterfly
As soft and gentle as a sigh
The multicolored moods of love are like its satin wings
Love makes your heart feel strange inside
It flutters like soft wings in flight
Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing


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