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……
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 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.”
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.
In 1950, the first-time bride wore a beautiful and traditional white satin Helen Rose gown for her wedding to American socialite Nicky Hilton.
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 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.
She took a fashion gamble choosing a green silk hooded dress for her wedding to Eddie Fisher, on May 12 1959 in Vegas.
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.
Taylor donned a floaty ombre green gown and guinea fowl feathers to remarryBurton, this time on the banks of the Chobe River in Africa.
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.
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.
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……
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……
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 Barcelona – Polinesia
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
Elizabeth Taylor was the last great movie star, the queen of Hollywood and a true Style Icon.