Sunday Style Icon: Elizabeth Taylor

November 3, 2011

Whilst wandering the wide world of the web last week, I found some simply stunning images of Elizabeth Taylor (some of which I couldn’t resist sharing on the CVB boards on Pinterest) and they  reminded me just how beautiful this lady truly was……

1950s Floral Dress

Elizabeth Taylor 1950s White gown

Elizabeth Taylor should be seen in colour! In fact I would go so far as to say she must only be seen in colour! Usually my preference, for Old Hollywood photos, is black & white, somehow they just look so much more glamorous. But the contrast of her radiant porcelain skin and brilliant violet eyes crowned by her rich dark hair, is just too beautiful for black & white.

Elizabeth Taylor in a Pink Chiffon 1950s Dress

Elizabeth Taylor 1950s Green Dress

Elizabeth Taylor 1950s Red Sequinned Swimsuit

Elizabeth Taylor 1950s Emerald Green Gown

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born inEngland to American parents on February 27, 1932. Escaping WWII her parents returned to the US, settling in Los Angeles, where Taylor’s mother discovered that Hollywood people “habitually saw a movie future for every pretty face.”

Elizabeth Taylor 1946

Sure enough, at the age of just 12, Elizabeth Taylor was proclaimed a star after appearing in National Velvet. Whilst her acting ability was irrefutable it was her beauty that really wowed directors and audiences alike – at 15 the petite Elizabeth had the figure of a mature woman but with a tiny 19” waist.

And, despite winning two Best Actress Oscars (for Butterfield 8 in 1960, and for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966), Elizabeth Taylor will always be more keenly remembered for her looks and her incredible love life than for her long and hugely successful film career.

Elizabeth Taylor White V Neck Gown

Elizabeth Taylor in a delicate White Dress Elizabeth Taylor in white scarf

 In 1950, the first-time bride wore a beautiful and traditional white satin Helen Rose gown for her wedding to American socialite Nicky Hilton.

Elizabeth Taylor in Helen Rose Bridal Gown

She dressed in a casual outfit for her February 21st 1952 civil ceremony in London to Michael Wilding, wearing a tea-length three-quarter sleeve dress, again designed by Helen Rose. She carried a delicate bouquet and wore flowers in her hair.

Elizabeth Taylor in Helen Rose

Elizabeth wed Mike Todd, her third husband, in an elegant white hooded dress, in Acapulco on February 2 1957, in front of close friends (and future husband) Eddie Fisher, with his then wife Debbie Reynolds. This was the only marriage not to end in Divorce.

Elizabeth Taylor in a hooded white bridal gown

She took a fashion gamble choosing a green silk hooded dress for her wedding to Eddie Fisher, on May 12 1959 in Vegas.

Elizabeth Taylor in a green silk hooded bridal gown

True to the ‘60s, Elizabeth Taylor wore a floral wreath made with Roman hyacinths and lily of the valley flowers and a babydoll dress to her March 1964 wedding to Burton. The yellow chiffon dress was designed by Irene Sharaff, the costume designer who worked on Cleopatra.

Elizabeth Taylor in yellow chiffon 1960s Babydoll dress

Taylor donned a floaty ombre green gown and guinea fowl feathers to remarryBurton, this time on the banks of the Chobe River in Africa.

Elizabeth Taylor in a a floaty green ombre dress

For her 7th Wedding, to John Warner, she wore fur and a turban to the ceremony – unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any pictures.

Elizabeth Taylor in a white drape gown with feather embroidery

Her October nuptials in 1991 saw Elizabeth Taylor return to tradition for her last wedding outfit, with a tiered lace gown , if not in the most traditional of colours – canary yellow.

Elizabeth Taylor in Yellow lace tiered bridal gown

Her beauty and her famous wardrobes in films like Cat on A Hot Tin Roof and Cleopatra set trends and inspired women’s fashion for years to come. The dress she wore in A Place in the Sun went on to become THE prom dress of the 50s……

Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun dress

Designs by Moonlight have a gown in their destination collection so similar and so sensationally 1950s with its layered tulle, tea length, A-line skirt and bodice adorned with daisy appliques……

1950s inspired Designs by Moonlight design T414 Design T414

Or Aire Barcelona have a lovely 1950s inspired dress in their 2012 collection – cocktail length and daisy adorned it is the epitome of pretty.

Aire Wedding Dress 182 Polinesia

Aire Barcelona – Polinesia

I love the below image – it perfectly captured Elizabeth at her most glamourous (and check out that decor :-) )

Elizabeth Taylor 1950s White satin gown & with elbow length gloves

 I love the figure skimming dress with the sweeping train and the elbow length gloves! And one of my favourite designers, Jesus Peiro, has a dress in the 2012 collection cut very similarly

Jesus Peiro 1036 Wedding Dress with cathedral train

Elizabeth Taylor was the last great movie star, the queen of Hollywood and a true Style Icon.

Elizabeth Taylor 1950s Black Dress  (Elizabeth Taylor Images from FanPop)

Amy

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7 Responses to “Sunday Style Icon: Elizabeth Taylor”

  1. [...] In 1946 what film critic Godfrey Winn called “the greatest team in British films” was born when first choice Rex Harrison was unavailable and Michael Wilding (future husband of Elizabeth Taylor) was cast as Anna Neagle’s male lead in Piccadilly Incident (1946). [...]

  2. kelly parrin says:

    Thank you! Thank you, for posting such exquisite photos of Liz Taylor in all of her stunning gowns! I’m so in love with all of the breath-taking gowns of the 1950′s, such a romantic, feminine, flirty, and glamourous era! Love all the 50′s movies too!

    • Amy says:

      So glad you love this post Kelly! I must confess I love collating the images for the Style Icon posts – I always spend hours drooling over the fashion, just wishing I had been born 50 or 60 years earlier!! x

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  4. Carmel says:

    I just love the pics of Liz Taylor – the green 50′s dress is just stunning. Are there any further details for the dress???

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