Life for Seaside, Oregon native, Jorjett Strumme, has been an adventure echoing those on the big screen of old Hollywood. Jorjett's lifelong dream of designing and creating glamorous fashion for the legends of Hollywood was a dream destined to come true. The glamorous, "Golden Age" of Hollywood, is still a source of inspiration for the artist and designer. "I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time. People ask me so often, how did you get from Seaside, Oregon to Hollywood, California? I had a lot of guts, a lot of determination and a lot of good luck."
"Green Mist" - Sold
"My dreams came true when I left Seaside and moved to Los Angeles. I worked with my favorite movie costume designer, two time Oscar winner, Helen Rose, and then with Emmy Award winning designer, Nolan Miller. I worked with Nolan on shows like DYNASTY, HOTEL, LOVE BOAT and 15 movies. While working with Nolan, not only did I get to wear Joan Collins DYNASTY costumes (as Nolan's in-house model), I got to do fantastic things like hand-paint June Allyson's shoes and wire beads into a tiara for Esther Williams for the 1986 ACADEMY AWARDS. Click Here to view 1986 Academy Awards clip.
" It was wonderful! I got work with all of my favorites: Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers and Ann Miller, just to name a few. I was also featured in a full page photo in the April 1987 "Hollywood" edition of LIFE Magazine."
What happened next was another dream come true. "For ten years, I traveled the world with Elizabeth Taylor, as her personal assistant and stylist. I gathered fabric, trim, beads and feathers along the way."
"I started making over-the-top hats, bridal headpieces, tiaras and masks for photographers and fashion shows. This is where my COSTUME ART began. Whimsy, sparkle and lots of fun!"
"Atomic Bubbles" - Sold
Aside form her work with Helen Rose, Nolan Miller and Elizabeth Taylor, Jorjett's career includes a successful line of loungewear and caftans. Jorjett was a featured designer in the book CALIFORNIA DESIGN. Several of her loungewear designs were worn by Elizabeth Taylor in ads for ELIZABETH TAYLORS'S PASSION perfume bath products.
In 1992 and 1993, Jorjett was a Contributing Editor to HARPER'S BAZAAR Magazine.
After over 20 years in Los Angeles and London, Jorjett resides once again in Seaside, Oregon.
In 2009, Jorjett was inducted into the Seaside High School Hall of Fame for both her student and career achievements.