26 May 2013 by

Elizabeth Taylor's First Wedding Dress Goes Up For Auction Plus 9 Other Iconic Brides From Grace Kelly To Priscilla Presley

They say you never forget your first, and in Elizabeth Taylor's case we think it had more to do with the dress than the husband. The actress got married nine times, which even by Hollywood standards is a lot, but the gown she wore for her marriage to hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr. (the great-uncle of Paris and Nicky Hilton) in 1950 was by far the most exquisite. If you're a bride-to-be with a 20-inch waist and $75,000 dollars to spare then you're in luck, as it's set to go up for auction at Christie's next month. Taylor's marriage to Hilton may not have ended with a happily ever after, but it did set her on a course to shack up with some of the most eligible men of her time including singer Eddie Fisher and actor Richard Burton, who she famously wed twice with both marriages ending in divorce.

The dress (pictured above) was worn by Taylor when she was just 18 years old and was the vision of film company MGM’s chief costume designer, Helen Rose, who also designed the gown Grace Kelly wore to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco. With a narrow waist and a full skirt, the masterpiece took 15 people months of full-time work to complete and required 25 yards of white satin sprinkled with beads and pearls. Talk about getting your money's worth!

For our favourite big white dresses (and a skirt suit worn by Bianca Jagger) take a look through the gallery above where you'll find Priscilla Presley's own design, Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen creation and more...


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