Iconic Wedding Dresses : Elizabeth Taylor

Iconic Wedding Dresses : Elizabeth Taylor

As well as her stunning good looks and impressive list of classic films, legend of the Hollywood golden era Elizabeth Taylor was also well-known for her impressive list of weddings!

During her eight (yes eight!) marriages, she wore many wedding gowns that could go down as iconic; however, I thought it best to start at the beginning, back in 1950.

Elizabeth Taylor’s first marriage

Elizabeth’s first marriage was to Conrad Hilton, a member of the same family that produced a certain Paris Hilton a few decades later. The couple were married on the 6th of May, 1950 in Beverly Hills, California. Elizabeth wore a dress by Helen Rose, the same MGM film company designer that would create Grace Kelly’s iconic gown just a few years later.

It did not go unnoticed that her wedding gown bore a striking resemblance to the gown Helen Rose created for her in the classic film ‘Father of the Bride’, which had been released earlier the same year and sky-rocketed Liz to fame.

Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding dress

Her white satin dress was accented with seed pearls and beading, and featured a sweetheart neckline that was covered with a beautiful chiffon overlay. The dress is said to have taken Helen Rose and her team around two months to create. Elizabeth also wore a three-quarter-length full veil attached with a small pearl tiara, which again is noticeably similar to the dress Rose created for ‘Father of the Bride’. Although this is hardly surprising; if asked to design two wedding dresses for the same bride in less than a year there are sure to be some similarities!

Below image top-right – The dress Elizabeth wore for ‘The Father of the Bride’; all the other images are of her own wedding dress

Unfortunately, Elizabeth’s first marriage only lasted around 8 months; she later reported that this was due to Conrad’s heavy drinking and gambling habits.

As noted earlier, Elizabeth married eight times in all (twice to the same man!) – so expect more pictures to come.

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