29 Looks That Made Elizabeth Taylor A Fashion Icon
Elizabeth Taylor's style is the stuff of legends. The violet-eyed actress made a name for herself in the fashion world, whether she was donning trendy new wedding dresses (eight altogether!) or stealing the show in couture on red carpets. The elegant British actress always dressed in the latest trends, meaning her wardrobe was playful and on-the-pulse throughout the decades.
If you flip through some of Taylor's most iconic looks, you can see the zeitgeist of the decade in what she's wearing. In the 1950s, Taylor embraced the New Look and sported full A-line dresses and demure hair scarves. In the '60s, she shook things up and tried out mini dresses and bouffant hairstyles. And in the '70s, Taylor crossed over into full crochet outfits and Daisy Duke-inspired hot pants. The '80s saw the star in a series of Dynasty-approved outfits, where she donned gowns complete with power shoulders and an array of shimmering beading.
And while Taylor's closet was expansive, her jewelry collection was even more iconic. In her own words, Taylor had three great loves in her life: Michael Todd, Richard Burton, and her jewelry. Take a peek at some of Taylor's most iconic outfits — and most blinding diamonds — and remember the style icon that Taylor was.
Elizabeth Taylor's First Wedding Dress
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In 1950, Elizabeth Taylor married her first husband, Conrad "Nicky" Hilton. He's the great-uncle of the infamous Paris and Nicky Hilton. Taylor was only 18 years old at the time, and her wedding dress was designed by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose. Rose also designed Grace Kelly's wedding dress, and went on to design Taylor's outfits for Father of the Bride and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Nicky proposed to the young actress with a $10,000, 4-carat diamond platinum ring.
Sadly, the couple would divorce after just one year of marriage.
Taylor's Second Wedding Dress
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In 1952, three months after her divorce, Taylor said "I do" to Michael Wilding, a British actor 20 years her senior. Wilding proposed with a sapphire ring, which started the trend of sapphire engagement rings at the time. Rose designed Taylor's wedding dress a second time around, this time forgoing the classic white dress for a flared suit with white lapels. The two would stay married for five years and have two sons together.
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Taylor's Third Wedding Dress
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In 1957, Taylor would walk down the aisle to film producer Mike Todd, one of the greatest loves of her life. Todd proposed with a door knocker-sized emerald engagement ring that clocked in at 29 carats. The couple had a small ceremony in Spain, but their big wedding was in Acapulco, Mexico.
For the occasion, Taylor wore an organza dress, complete with a draped hood that acted as a veil. Debbie Reynolds was her matron of honor, which was sadly ironic as Taylor would soon marry Reynold's husband.
Taylor's Fourth Wedding Dress
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Taylor's marriage to Todd would be the only marriage that wouldn't end in divorce, as the film producer died in a private jet crash in 1958, just one year after their vows. Turning to her best friend, Reynolds, and her husband, Eddie Fisher, for support, Taylor fell in love with Fisher while grieving.
Just one year later, Taylor and Fisher married. In 1959, Fisher proposed to the actress with a 40-carat engagement bracelet that featured 50 diamonds, and the two married in a synagogue in Las Vegas. For the event, Taylor wore an olive silk dress complete with a hood.