Elizabeth Taylor is well known – and loved – for many notable things: her appreciation for Bulgari, her back and forth relationship with Richard Burton, the role she championed to fight AIDS and HIV, and her status as an icon in the film and fashion industry.
But before she was Cleopatra, Taylor was a child actress, and fell in love at a young age. For her first marriage (of eight to seven men), Taylor wore a traditional gown gifted to her by her film studio – MGM studios. When she walked down the aisle to wed the son of the founder of Hilton hotels, Conrad Hilton, Jr., Taylor wore a shell-white satin gown designed by Helen Rose – the same designer who made Grace Kelly’s gown for nuptials to Prince Rainer of Monaco. Reportedly it took 15 seamstresses between two to three months to create the dress, featuring bugle beads, seed pearls and an in-built corset. All the hard work was completely on purpose; it was designed so intricately so that accurate replicas could not be produced, according to Vogue UK.
True to hard work, the dress was never reproduced and outlived Taylor’s marriage to Hilton. Not to mention her subsequent marriages. But now, one lucky individual will have the chance to have their own love affair with the dress, thanks to Christie’s. The auction house is hosting London’s Pop Culture sale on June 26th and Taylor’s wedding dress will be up on the docket. It is expected to go for as much as $75, 540.00 so start saving.