Elizabeth Taylor's Father of the Bride wedding dress

TV & Movies

Photo: courtesy of Alfred Angelo archives

The news this morning of Elizabeth Taylor's passing left us, of course, sad and also nostalgic for her signature `50s beauty. That porcelain skin. That raven hair. Those famous violet eyes. And when we journeyed down memory lane to Liz's weddings, it was her fictional bridal look—and not one of the real eight—that we remembered most from the original Father of the Bride. For that 1950 film co-starring Spencer Tracy, Liz wore a gown designed by costumer Helen Rose, which was later made available to the public by Alfred Angelo, as seen on this model from the Mike Douglas Show (left). Obviously, the silhouette and styling may read strange to modern eyes, but as the above Alfred Angelo advertisement proves, in 1950 who didn't want to be Elizabeth Taylor? For modern Alfred Angelo bridal designs, visit our Wedding Dresses gallery. —Phillip B. Crook

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