10 Best On-Screen Looks
Father of the Bride, 1950
InStyle's fashion director, Hal Rubenstein--who knew Elizabeth Taylor personally--weighs in on the actress' most iconic film looks.
"This is a rare glimpse of Taylor looking refreshingly young and unworldly. Covered in lace, this bears an uncanny resemblance to Grace Kelly's wedding gown--which designer Helen Rose also created."
A Place in the Sun, 1951
"Taylor is at her most irresistible here: seductive and innocent all at once. This dress was the blueprint for every prom dress in the '50s."
"If every woman on the ranch looks this sexy, no one would leave the farm."
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958
"This is the perfect white cocktail dress. Variations on it were made for decades—and sold out every time."
Suddenly Last Summer, 1959
"This is one of the sexiest swimsuits on-screen—and it’s a one-piece. That says something about Taylor's allure."
Butterfield 8, 1960
"Taylor is one of the few that can look glam in her underwear—that sexy, ‘so over it’ look is perfection."
The V.I.P.s, 1963
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966
The Taming of the Shrew, 1967
"This is the most glamorous wench that's ever been. Her look fit the Renaissance bravado perfectly."
"Italian fashion label Tiziani created the costumes for this film. Little known fact: Karl Lagerfeld was the label's chief designer at the time. The clothes were extravagant, ridiculous-and completely amazing."