Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding dress at Christie’s

The dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor at her

first wedding is to be auctioned by Christie’s in

London, and is expected to fetch up to £50,000


Taylor wore the iconic gown, made by costume designer Helen Rose,

 for her 1950 wedding to Conrad ‘Nicky’ Hilton Jr, when she was

just 18 years old.  At this time, 18-year-old Elizabeth was already a veteran

actress and celebrated star and was just a year away from her Oscar

nominated performance in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1951

film A Place in the Sun.  The Hollywood ‘wedding of weddings’ was

the social event of the year.  The beautiful dress was itself a gift from

MGM to the teenage bride, and it was so revered that photographs

of it have appeared all over the world; from newspapers and tabloids

to LIFE magazine. With its twenty five yards of shell-white satin

embellished with bugle beads and seed pearls, trailed by a fifteen-yards

of satin train, it is exactly the kind of elegant design for which Helen

Rose was known. The project was so extensive and was such a priority at

MGM that more than fifteen people worked full-time for between two

and three months straight on it.  Everything about this gown was

custom-designed with Elizabeth Taylor’s voluptuous figure in mind;

a built-in corset allowed the dress to be tightly cinched in at the waist

and the veil’s ten yards of shimmering silk net was carefully considered

and attached to a pearl-covered Juliet cap in order to float around the bride.

Few wedding dresses have as deep a historical connection to both film

and fashion as this; it‟s an example of a legendary designer and star

working together in perfect harmony and the result is something that has

made a lasting impact on fashion.










source: dailymail.co.uk