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.
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.
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!
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!