Elizabeth Taylor’s “lucky charm” Oscar dress found in suitcase in London

A “lucky charm” Christian Dior dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor on the evening she received finest actress on the 1961 Oscars is to be bought at public sale subsequent month after being saved in a suitcase in London for over 50 years. It had been assumed the floral print robe with a crimson silk bloom on the waist was already in the Christian Dior archive in Paris.

In truth, the robe – together with 11 different clothes owned by the star – had been rigorously saved in a big plastic suitcase in her former personal assistant’s spare room since 1971.

Taylor, accompanied by fourth husband Eddie Fisher, wore the dress designed by Marc Bohan for Dior to the thirty third Academy Awards.

Her relationship with Fisher, whom she was accused of stealing from actor Debbie Reynolds, was thought of a scandal and had sparked a storm of unfavourable publicity. The outcry had left Taylor satisfied she wouldn’t win, stated Kerry Taylor, whose specialist classic style public sale home is promoting the dress.

An employee poses with a Christian Dior dress worn by actor Elizabeth Taylor and recently discovered with other dresses in a suitcase, ahead of their sale at Kerry Taylor Auctions, in London on Nov. 25, 2022.
An worker poses with a Christian Dior dress worn by actor Elizabeth Taylor and just lately found with different clothes in a suitcase, forward of their sale at Kerry Taylor Auctions, in London on Nov. 25, 2022.

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“She had been the bridesmaid and never the bride at the Oscars and on this occasion she really didn’t expect to win having been passed over before and having had all the negative press over Eddie Fisher,” she informed AFP.

After her Oscar triumph, the star got here to treat the dress as “something of a lucky charm” and took it along with her all around the world.

“Elizabeth Taylor was still taking this dress from place to place with her after 10 years. She didn’t wear it on other occasions, she just liked to have it with her,” Taylor stated.

The clothes in the suitcase have been amongst a big quantity gifted to former worker Anne Sanz, whose husband Gaston labored as Taylor’s chauffeur and bodyguard. The couple traveled the world with the actor and her fellow Hollywood star husband Richard Burton on the top of their fame in the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s.

But regardless of the Dior dress’s sentimental worth, by 1971 Taylor’s journey wardrobe was typically working to 40 enormous suitcases and she or he was completely happy to let it go. The actor opened up her wardrobe at London’s Dorchester Hotel in the future in 1971, telling Sanz “take whatever you like!” Taylor had additionally given Sanz a white cocktail dress and matching bolero for her marriage ceremony.

Other gadgets resulting from be bought embrace Tiziani high fashion by Karl Lagerfeld and a “black widow” gown Taylor wore in the 1967 movie “Boom,” additionally by Lagerfeld.

Taylor and Burton have been godparents to the Sanzes’ daughter Elizabeth however Anne and Gaston give up after their star employers’ second separation, torn over who to proceed working for.

Over the years, Sanz wore a few the clothes and gave others away to family and friends, by no means relating to them as significantly vital or useful.

“Anne obviously wore the white matelasse dress for her wedding and there was one other dress that she wore – a yellow and blue dress with matching coat,” Kerry Taylor stated.

“But in a sense these were just second hand dresses that belonged to Liz Taylor. So what? This was before celebrity mentality became the thing,” she added.

The public sale at which the Dior Oscar dress is predicted to fetch between £40,000-60,000 ($48,000-$73,000) will happen in London on Dec. 6.

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