A&E TO FEATURE TYLER ‘BEHIND CLOSED DOORS’

Byline: Lisa Lockwood

NEW YORK — Richard Tyler will be featured tonight on “Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden,” on the A&E Network at 9 p.m.
During the show, Lunden witnesses Tyler’s entire creative process, from the design and sewing of his clothes at his Los Angeles headquarters to the preparation of his press show last fall at his Gramercy Park mansion here.
Tyler, who dresses such stars as Gloria Estefan, Heather Locklear, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis for the red carpet, reveals that he’s not much of a clotheshorse himself. When Lunden asks him what he has in his own closet, he replies “probably $10 T-shirts….”
“I don’t like spending a lot of money on clothes,” he said.
Fortunately for him, the same can’t be said of his customers. The Richard Tyler women’s collection retails from around $2,500 to more than $8,000. With his “obsessive attention to detail” — including hand-finished buttonholes — 30 to 40 people often work on one dress. When Lunden suggests he must make a lot of money with such expensive gowns, Tyler replies, “We don’t get all that. We get a fraction of that. We do all the hard work and the stores get all the money.”
Tyler discusses the travails of arranging a New York show from Los Angeles. For example, samples sent for the spring show from Los Angeles disappeared.
“Last season we lost 52 pieces,” he recounts. “Somebody stole them off the back of the truck and probably sold them for $10.”
Besides her backstage visit with Tyler, Lunden steps into the ring with the men and women of World Championship Wrestling during the one-hour show.
“Behind Closed Doors,” a weekly series, is produced by LMNO Cable Group, in association with Lunden’s New Life Entertainment.

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