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November 24, 2012 at 09:25 PM EST

He’s created the costumes for a few Lifetime movies — not to mention TV shows including Castle and Veronica Mars and big screen features like Pitch Perfect — but Salvador Perez Jr. faced a unique challenge while working on Liz & Dick, airing this Sunday at 9p.m. EST.

“I was really put to the test to make the movie believable and iconic at the same time. And also, we’re talking Elizabeth Taylor and Lindsay Lohan, two woman who wear clothes very differently,” Perez explains. “I had to be inspired by Elizabeth Taylor, but flatter Lindsay Lohan.”

Perez was able to do both, once he discovered that his leading lady shared Taylor’s weakness for shiny objects. 

“Lindsay was constantly watching Elizabeth Taylor movies. At the beginning of the day we’d have a fitted costume, but she’d completely change it at the last minute just because she was inspired by something else,” the costume designer says of keeping up with Lohan. “Anytime something was going wrong, I’d just pull out more jewelry and say, ‘Look, something sparkly, something sparkly! That usually placated her.”

Click through the gallery to see how Perez recreated Liz’s most memorable looks for Lohan.

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