On the 29th of November you will be able to bid for some Hollywood fashion history when TWO dresses owned by the screen siren Elizabeth Taylor will be auctioned by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London.
Elizabeth Taylor wearing Gold Sari
Gown by Balenciaga
Copyright: Getty Images
One of the dresses up for auction is in the picture above: the ‘Sari’ gown designed for her by Cristobal Balenciaga (lot 174, estimate £30,000-£50,000) is made from gold brocade. She was photographed in it (with the handsome Richard Burton on her arm - lucky, lucky Elizabeth) when they attended the premiere of the New Review Lido in Paris in December 1964.
The gown is comprised of a strapless gold brocade sheath with boning, overlaid with an amber-embroidered sari panel. It also features a hidden diagonal back zipper which is typical of that period. Plus, it has a 37 inch bust and a teeny tiny 24 inch waist and her hair was done by someone called Alexandre de Paris (fabulous name!) in plaits intertwined with ribbons.
The other dress for sale is a simple Chanel shift with matching jacket in rich textured, gold brocatelle (lot 173, estimate £10,000-15,000). See picture (below, left). Most dress and jacket sets from that era would have been in tweed but Elizabeth of course went for gold...
The two outfits were given to Richard Burton's friend and accountant in the 1960s because his wife was a similar size to Ms Taylor. I would love to own the 'Sari' gown (above right, on mannequin) but sadly I don't have a spare 50k hanging around...
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Love Lovely x