January 19, 2020 2 min read 6 Comments

FASHION, FAMILY, AND FORTUITOUSNESS:

THE COSMIC CONNECTIONS THAT LANDED US IN JON VOIGHT’S LIVING ROOM

There is a vintage Double D jacket framed in the living room of Jon Voight’s Los Angeles home. It belonged to the late Dorothy Koster Paul.

Dorothy was a character; strong, spiritual, and savvy. She was a longtime lover of Double D Ranch – particularly keen on anything velvet – and for decades and decades, Dorothy was a vital, impactful character in Jon’s life.

A vintage Double D Ranch jacket of Dorothy Paul's on permanent display in Jon Voight's living room.

Back in the early 1980s, Jon had cast Dorothy’s teenage daughter, Bonnie, in a play he was directing. As the production went on, the rapport between Jon and the Paul family grew and cultivated into standing daily breakfast dates and beyond.

“We spent quite a lot of time together,” Jon said. “And we became kind of a ‘thing’; this trio, Dorothy, [her husband] Hank, and I, and it was that way for almost the next forty years. And when I call Dorothy a ‘mentor’, I mean that in the highest sense, and she was that kind of influence on everyone who met her. I was privileged to be so close.”

Dorothy & Jon

Years later, when Bonnie’s daughter Skyler Shaye was born, Jon was named as the child’s godfather, a relationship that has evolved into almost a surrogate fatherhood, and only further deepened his connection to Dorothy.

“Both Bonnie and Skyler were extremely close to Dorothy, almost appendages,” Jon laughed. “She was a matriarch, she had a lot of influence and that included their style. They almost mimicked her in dress. Dorothy dressed modestly, but with flare. She was wearing a lot of modern Western, which was very unusual for Beverly Hills. You can see how Double D would fit into that, on multiple levels; she was drawn not only to the clothes, but to the family.”

Jon, Skyler, Bonnie and one of Dorothy's jackets.

A couple of years ago, a handful of the McMullen/Franz clan had the opportunity to share a meal with Dorothy and her family, including Jon, out in California. It was one of her last before she passed.

“That was a special memory,” Bonnie said. “I love their family, and mom loved their family. They’re more than a company, they’re friends. And they’re artists. Every piece is museum quality. It’s fitting that the jacket I gave Jon of my mom’s, which holds sentimental value for him, is displayed on his wall like a piece of art. Because it is.”

Skyler, Bonnie and Jon

This whole opportunity has a bit of a surreal, meta, full-circle feel to it. Dorothy’s love of DDR jackets that sparked our friendship; her relationship with Jon, the lead in the film that inspired the collection; and the fortuitous, almost cosmic, way the elements have come back together.

“It was my grandmother who brought us to Double D,” Skyler said. “So the fact that we’re doing a moment for my godfather, for Midnight Cowboy, and also representing my grandmother, there’s a very intertwined magic of how the universe brought it together that makes it even more powerful and meaningful.”

Bonnie and Skyler


6 Responses

Constance Nelson
Constance Nelson

January 20, 2020

Loved this article! Such a warm and inspiring read. Just wish I could afford more of your pieces! I watch your sales though! Thank you and blessings!

Sabre Sparkman
Sabre Sparkman

January 20, 2020

This gave me goosebumps, these ladies are gorgeous inside and out❤️

Diana Bordelon
Diana Bordelon

January 20, 2020

This is by far one of the greatest DDR stories ever. What a delight to read about connections that turned in to life long memories for all. And by the way, Cheryl, I really love the skirt Dorothy is wearing in the group photo. I have something similar, but would love another! Thank you for another wonderful peek in to y’all’s world!

Jamee Natella
Jamee Natella

January 20, 2020

💞💞💞💞💞💞

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

January 20, 2020

Beautiful in every sense of the word- outstanding jackets!

Mrs. A.J. Millington
Mrs. A.J. Millington

January 20, 2020

Dear Cheryl McMullen: Greetings from the West VA Panhandle. As an older western gal, I truly love your collections and have several items in my closet. The new Midnight Cowboy Collection is fab, esp. the Udderly Hide-On-Hair skirt. However, I’m in my mid 60s and a happily married woman to boot (pun intended)‘; 5’2" tall, weigh 127 lbs. and in good shape. Yet, it isn’t age appropriate for me unless it was cut longer. A much younger woman wouldn’t mind showing skin but not me. At my age, I appreciate modesty which still allows me to showcase my own personal style. If you were to cut this same skirt knee-length (appropriate for a woman in my age bracket) that would be great and you’d have a sale. Thanks in advance and keep up the great work.

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