'Liz and Dick' costume designer dishes on Lindsay Lohan's similarities and differences to Elizabeth Taylor

By Gina DiFalco,

Lindsay Lohan makes her highly-anticipated debut as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime film Liz and Dick on Sunday night at 9.

Although Lohan has been slammed in early reviews of the film, it’s still one of the most talked about television events of the year.

Many have drawn comparisons to Lohan and Taylor due to their tumultuous personal lives, but the film’s costume designer Sal Perez is now dishing on the comparisons between how they wear clothes and about one of the main aspects of the film – the jewelry.

"We had an entire budget just to re-create jewelry," he told Zap2it. "We needed to have the Taylor-Burton diamond, which he gave to her as a ring and was made into a necklace, so those two pieces, the Krupp diamond and La Peregrina pearl."

Perez also gushed about Lohan, “You'd see that sparkle in Lindsay's eye where you got why they cast her. She and Elizabeth have different personalities, but neither is afraid of anything."

As for the gossip in the press about Lohan, Perez didn’t see any of it.

"The transformation was a whirlwind," he said. "You read all the drama in the press, and 90 percent is made up. We had a phenomenal hair and makeup team and completely collaborated."

“Both have tiny waists and large breasts, but they carry clothes very differently," he also said.

"I wanted to use a lot of vintage pieces to take Lindsay out of her comfort zone and force her into that silhouette. Lindsay has a 23-inch waist; I had heard that and didn't believe it. Period clothes have that sort of look -- women were smaller and corsetted. Also, Lindsay is taller than Elizabeth was ... so we kept her in a lower heel."

image courtesy of NBC

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