Liz’s Legacy By Joanne Galey
n a town that’s very foundation was built out of a celebration of film, fashion and glamour, some would say that it takes quite a big name to grab our attention. The Queen of Hollywood legend, Elizabeth Taylor not only called Los Angeles her home for most of her professional life, but surely commanded our attention as the most celebrated and adored leading lady.
hristie’s Los Angeles will showcase a much-anticipated 4-day public exhibition that includes highlights of Ms. Taylor’s vast and personal collection of jewelry, fashion and film memorabilia. Los Angeles will be the first U.S. stop on a global tour, appearing at MOCA Pacific Design Center October 13-16.
Ethelizabeth Taylor lived her life as one glorious love affair (or several) with world. Everything she did was glamorous and legendary, from the films she starred in, the men she loved, to her tireless devotion of caring and giving. The collection is truly a dazzling legacy to a lifetime of glamour and iconic moments. A treasure trove that reflects her fearless sense of style and brimming over with historic storied gifts.
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Sstunning he befriended and collaborated with world renowned designers to create looks that were immortalized by the paparazzi, from the ethereal silver Chanel ball gown and cape she wore to the Royal Film performance of The Taming of the Shrew in London in 1967, to the stunning ivory silk Valentino Couture gown she donned for the 64th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. Highlights include a Tiziani black velvet Scorpio evening cape that was commissioned for the occasion of Princess Grace of Monaco’s 40th Birthday “Scorpio Ball”. Though born a Pisces, Ms. Taylor was permitted to attend, as her date was then husband Richard Burton who shared the same zodiac sign as the Princess. An intricate rhinestone beaded evening jacket, known as “The Face”, was designed by close friend Gianni Versace and depicts portraits of Elizabeth in her most famous roles. She wore it to the “Glitter and Giving” Gala to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS. On the occasion of her first marriage to Richard Burton, she turned to Academy Award-winning costume designer, Irene Sharaff to create a sunflower yellow silk chiffon wedding dress. Elizabeth affixed a dazzling BVLGARI emerald and diamond brooch, given to her by Burton as an engagement present and provides the perfect bridge in this story that leads from fashion to her magnificent collection of jewels.