From her breakout role in National Velvet, through eight marriages (and wedding dresses!), to the end of her days, Elizabeth Taylor has been hailed as an icon. Let’s review the fashion choices that put this violet-eyed beauty on top, on and off-screen.
Fashion on Film
Even as a young girl in Lassie and National Velvet, Elizabeth Taylor showed a sense of style in boyish button-downs and trousers. Dark wavy hair and violet eyes made for a “rapturously beautiful little girl,” said Roddy McDowall. Other memorable fashion moments in her film career: Playing Cleopatra in gold-embellished gowns and headdresses, donning plaid and poofy dresses in Little Women, a brown fur coat in Butterfield 8, her sexy white bathing suit in Giant, and the beautifully detailed and decorative hats she wore in Boom! and Doctor Faustus.
Taylor was notoriously known for her eight marriages to seven different men. A quick rundown:
#1 Conrad “Nicky” Hilton (Yes, Paris’s great uncle)
#2 Michael Wilding (A British actor)
#3 Michael Todd (An American theatre and film producer)
#4 Eddie Fisher (A pop singer)
#5 and #6 Richard Burton (They met on the set of Cleopatra, Elizabeth claimed that he was her true soulmate)
#7 John Warner (A Republican Senator)
#8 Larry Fortensky (A Construction Worker)
Before her first marriage to Hilton, Taylor starred in a film called Father of the Bride (see image at top right). The gown she wore when she married Hilton was actually quite similar to the one seen in the film (see top left). In her second marriage, she and Michael Wilding wore simple suits. When she married Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth stunned audiences in a deep green hooded gown. In weddings #3, #5, and #7, she stuck with beautifully classic draped white numbers.
Red Carpet Style
Nominated for multiple awards and the winner of two Oscars, four Golden Globes, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Film Institute and Screen Actor’s Guild, Taylor was no stranger to the red carpet. A lover of elaborate and beautiful gowns and jewelry, she never disappointed at events and awards shows.
Off Screen Style
Even in a relaxed setting, Elizabeth was a style maven. Through the decades, she was always on trend, but uniquely chic. Taylor favored patterned dresses, structured jackets and trousers, and elegantly in-your-face (quite an oxymoron to manage!) jewels.
Elizabeth Taylor was a true icon, and said to be “the last woman we can call a star.”
She will be missed, and her life and efforts will continue to be celebrated and honored.
To learn more about Elizabeth Taylor, you can read a mini-biography here.
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