Elizabeth Taylor, one of the most recognized stars of Hollywood, who began his career at the age of 9 years old and grew up surrounded by reflectors, eventually became one of the most influential fashion icons.
With the help of the best designers of his time, as Edith Head, Helen Rose and Irene Sharaff, Taylor managed to create is unique in style and image not only on the red carpet, but also in his private life.
The actress, during his long career was a devoted client of houses as Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.
The following are some of the most representative collection of actress consisting of more than 2,000 pieces, including haute couture dresses, coats, jackets, caftans, handbags and luggage pieces, and which put up for auction house Christie’s a batch of 400 articles in December 2011.
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Evening dress in red satin and velvet bag embroidered with satin beaded with labeled “Valentino Couture”, created in the early 90s.
Since the early 60s until the end of his life, Elizabeth Taylor looked for Valentino to celebrate special occasions. This part of the 90 red tone that distinguishes this designer has star-shaped cuts in both the neck and the lower part of the skirt which joins velvet with satin.
The evening bag, also designed by Valentino and filled with flowers embroidered with beads, complete the look.
Evening dress made in organza with labeled “Christian Dior Printemps-Eté 1987”.
Elizabeth Taylor use this model of Christian Dior when Malcom Forbes accompanied the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of Forbes magazine. The model consists of a body of black silk halter neck, which is covered with a shawl white organza with deep neck and a full skirt with pleats also in white.
Coat in black velvet “Scorpio” with labeled “Tiziani Roma” and dates from 1968-1969.
For the 40th birthday of Princess Grace of Monaco entitled “The Dance of the Scorpion” Elizabeth Taylor commissioned the Roman couturier Tiziani to create this dramatic embroidered with scorpions diamond layer on the front and hood. Although she was born with the sign of Pisces, the actress was invited to the prom which was only for friends Scorpio sign of Princess Grace.
Her then-husband, Richard Burton, who shared the zodiac sign of Princess also attended the great event.
When this layer was commissioned, Karl Lagerfeld worked as a temporary employee Tiziani, and this exquisitely detailed piece with a hem silk ivory could well be one of his designs.
embroidered jacket crystals “The Face” with labeled “Atelier Versace” and dates from the 90s
Elizabeth Taylor and Gianni Versace became great friends at 90. She loved the colorful designs of this era and acquired several pieces for your wardrobe, including several jackets with embedded crystals.
Known as “The Face” (the face), this evening jacket is embroidered with portraits of Elizabeth Taylor in different characterizations with crystals.
Evening dress, coat, shoes and purse at night, labeled “Chanel”, dating back to the 60s.
For the Royal Premier “The Taming of the Shrew” Princess Margaret appeared at the Odeon Theatre in London to greet the night stars, including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. For the real event, one of many in the celebrated career of the actress, it dressed from head to toe with this ethereal set Chanel.
In addition to his clothes, Elizabeth Taylor collection includes more than 25 bags Chanel and a significant group of jewelry, shoes and belts of this house.
Chiffon wedding dress in yellow silk dating from 1964, and was used in the first wedding of Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton.
For her marriage to Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor looked for Irene Sharaff, winning costume designer an Academy Award and who created their image for the movie “Cleopatra” to create her wedding dress.
The diaphanous chiffon dress silk Sharaff has long sleeves, draping neck and empire waist accented with a delicate bow. Elizabeth Taylor wore the diamond and emerald brooch Bvlgari Richard Burton gave her as a present commitment and an elaborate hairstyle braid interlaced with hyacinths.