Elisabeth Taylor’s Wedding Gown goes to Auction
An oyster shell coloured satin dress, worn by the all-time favourite doe-eyed Hollywood beauty Elizabeth Taylor for her first marriage with hotel heir Conrad Hilton in 1950, is set to go under the hammer, next month, at Christie’s in London.
Expected to fetch nearly £50,000, the bugle beads and seed pearls embellished wedding gown, which took three months to complete with the help of 15 people, was designed by the late legendary MGM costume designer Helen Rose.
Keeping the Cleopatra star’s curvaceous frame in mind, the custom-designed intricately detailed dress, made of 25 yards of luxurious satin, includes a cinched-in-waist built-in corset and a ten-yards-long shimmering silk net veil attached to a pearl-covered Juliet cap.
Scheduled to be auctioned on June 26, 2013, the gown’s actual waist measurement was 20 inches, but the tiny waist size was later modified to a more generous 22.
Founded in 1766, Christie’s is an international fine arts auction house that offers private sales to clients across the globe.