June 15th, 2011

Iconic Hollywood Bride – Elizabeth Taylor in Father of the Bride

Even years later, the original Father of the Bride, featuring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor captures the spirit of what planning a wedding can be like! (See the original Father of the Bride movie trailer here.)

Helen Rose, Elizabeth Taylor, Father of the Bride, 1950's bride, vintage wedding

Elizabeth Taylor & Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride, via IMDB

We guess that’s why there was a remake of this 1950s classic starring Steve Martin in 1991.

Steve Martin’s 1991 Father of the Bride

While both Steve Martin and Spencer Tracy play their roles wonderfully, Elizabeth Taylor as the bride-to-be takes the cake. Designed by Helen Rose, the same woman who designed Grace Kelly’s bridal gown, her dress in the movie is a confection of 1950s bridal wonderful!

Helen Rose, Elizabeth Taylor, Father of the Bride, 1950's bride, vintage wedding

images clockwise from upper left: (pictures 1,2,3)  IMDB,   InStyle

Though her on screen look may be a little too retro for modern girls, that year Elizabeth married Nicky Hilton in a gown also designed by Helen Rose. If the dress seems to echo the one she wore in the film, you’re right!

MGM used her upcoming nuptials to its advantage, using the event for the film’s publicity and releasing Father of the Bride right after her wedding.

Helen Rose, Elizabeth Taylor, Nicky Hilton, 1950's bride, vintage wedding

Elizabeth Taylor & Nicky Hilton, image via Vogue UK

When she wed Nicky Hilton, Elizabeth’s elegant sweetheart portrait neckline ballgown embellished with seed pearls seems much more classic. Shorten the sleeves and you’re left with a timeless wedding dress.

Though Nicky Hilton was the first husband of eight (well, seven since she married Richard Burton twice) for Elizabeth Taylor, she definitely had great bridal style. We can’t help but be inspired by a woman so in love with love!

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