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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Iconic Wedding Gown Inspiration: Elizabeth Taylor’s For Conrad ‘Nicky’ Hilton

The amazing gown Elizabeth Taylor wore for her first wedding soiree could sell for more than $75,000 when it goes up for auction this month as part of a pop culture sale.

Photo credit: Today.com

(Photo credit: Today.com)

According to a story featured on the Today website, Christie’s in London will auction the silk satin, oyster shell-colored gown on June 26. Taylor wore the dress for her 1950 wedding to hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton. She was only 18 at the time, but already a star and veteran actress. In fact, the gown was a gift to Taylor from MGM studios. The dress was made by the studio’s chief costume designer, Helen Rose, who also created Grace Kelly’s wedding dress for her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Christie’s estimate for the gown, which will be part of its Pop Culture sale, is 30,000 to 50,000 English pounds, roughly $45,300 to $75,600.

Photo credit: postcardgallery.net

(Photo credit: postcardgallery.net)

The high-collar, long-sleeved gown appears to have provided inspiration for other wedding gowns, most recently for Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

So…why am I telling you about this? No, I don’t actually think you will all be clamoring to bid on this piece of history to wear at your own wedding! You might, however, want to be inspired by this classic look as you select your own more affordable wedding gown!

David’s Bridal, known for their affordable and on-trend wedding gown styles, offered a few suggestions!

Photo credit: David's Bridal.

(Photo credit: David’s Bridal)

The first ball gown shown emulates the luxe fabrics and opulent shape of the original Liz gown. The beading adds a sparkling accent, and the addition of opera gloves only adds to the retro elegance. The second ball gown is also not an exact replica, but mimics the fitted bodice, full skirt, and “v” accent at the waistline.

As you shop for your own wedding gown, look for these subtle details to create your own Old Hollywood vibe!


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