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1950 packed as much into its 365 days as it possibly could, including the first organ transplant, the Korean War and of course, Elizabeth Taylor’s first marriage to Conrad ‘Nicky’ Hilton Jr, when she was just 18 years old. Already a veteran actress and world-class star, their Hollywood wedding was one of the most celebrated social events of the year.

Seven hundred guests including Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Ginger Rogers attended to see Taylor walk down the aisle in her custom made gown and to wish the pair a happy marriage (unaware that it would all be over just eight months later). Designed by Helen Rose, one of America’s most successful costume designers at the time, a team of 15 dressmakers worked tirelessly for over three months to complete Taylor’s gown.

Made from 25 yards of shell-white satin and embellished with bugle beads and seed pearls, Taylor’s dress was a true masterpiece, selling at a London auction in 2013 for over 120,000 pounds. To accommodate Taylor’s voluptuous figure, a built-in corset tightly cinched her in at the waist while her extravagant veil attached to a pearl-covered Juliet cap. While Taylor and Hilton may not have been the perfect match, her dress was certainly one for the history books.

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