Jane Seymour’s Passion
Gives Way to Fashion
Story by Roger Webster
Photos by Patrick McMullan
OU might call Jane Seymour a renaissance woman, and her many extraordinary accomplishments make her a woman of the 21st Century. She grew up outside London with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer or a couturier. After an accident caused her to give up a promising ballet career, she refocused her ambition on acting.
She made her film debut at eighteen in Richard Attenborough’s Oh, What A Lovely War, one of the original Bond girls, became known as the Queen of Miniseries and struck ratings gold with Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, bringing her multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
She married the actor/director James Keach, raised a family of six children, and found international recognition as a painter of beautiful floral watercolors.
Throughout, Jane maintained a passion for clothes. Just last month debuted her first self-designed line of women’s fashions before a packed audience at a Champagne Veuve Clicquot Fête and High Tea at Doubles, the elegant private club in New York’s Sherry Netherlands Hotel.
Jane Seymour and James Keach
Fashionistas were utterly thrilled, including her husband and their gorgeous daughter Jenny Keach, who is studying law and doing a little modeling on the side, Grace Hightower, Somers Farkas, R. Couri Hay with Susan L. Schwartz, who is busy preparing her off-Broadway production of Debbie Does Dallas, Tom Gates, Heidi Albertsen, Robert Janjigian, Amy Rosi and Wendy Carduner.
The moderately priced outfits run the gamut from ultra feminine silk chiffon floral dresses inspired by her paintings to beaded denim separates and classically tailored pantsuits.
They can be see in your own home, as they are available exclusively through Blair Corporation’s Spring 2002 Crossing Pointe catalogue and web site www.CrossingPointe.com.
While in town for the show and to visit Seventh Avenue fabric and trimming houses with sketchbook in hand, Jane made a big splash.
She appeared with her collection, on size 14 models, on ABC’s The View. Within ten minutes after Star Jones spelled out her website on the air, the site had more than 25,000 hits and temporarily crashed.
Jane Seymour, James Keach and
daughter Jennie Keach
She and her husband attended the Wildlife Conservation Society Penguins and Pearls kickoff at Tiffany’s where she promised WCS president Dr. Steven E. Sanderson that she would do a watercolor of her interpretation of the theme. The image will be printed on silk scarves for guests at the May 30 gala in the Central Park Zoo, with a percentage of proceeds going to benefit the society.
She went to the big Page Six party at the Mercer Kitchen and did a segment for the WB network, delivering secrets for a romantic evening starting, of course, with Veuve Clicquot.
She will be back in New York soon as she is the honorary chair for the YWCA-NYC spring cocktail party, a natural for Jane as the theme is art and she is nothing if not an artist.