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04.21.2014
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The Bridal Path: Liz Taylor's Multiple Choice

Gray suede boots, a hooded gown, a breezy caftan — why not? Here, a look back at the most famous serial bride’s serial style.

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Elizabeth Taylor Wedding Conrad Hilton Jr

May 6, 1950: Conrad Hilton, Jr.

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You wouldn’t expect the glamorous Elizabeth Taylor to wear gray suede boots at her wedding, but she did. Then again, after being married multiple times — six, at that point — she had license to experiment. A pair of boots, a hooded gown or a breezy caftan — why not? Here, a look at the most famous serial bride’s serial style.

1. May 6, 1950: Conrad Hilton Jr.

Taylor went the traditional route for nuptial number one to the hotel heir: an embroidered white satin gown embellished with seed pearls and beads. It was a gift from MGM, with whom she had just wrapped up the film “Father of the Bride,” co-starring Spencer Tracy. Costume designer Helen Rose, who created Taylor’s gown for the movie, lent her services here, too. According to C. David Heymann in “Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor,” a new edition of which was released this week, that Rose-designed dress took 15 seamstresses and two weeks to make. Taylor paired it with a cream-colored tiara, 10 yards of veiling and — eschewing height for comfort — simple satin slippers. The marriage ended eight months later.

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