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RELEASE: THE ICON AND HER HAUTE COUTURE -THE COLLECTION OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR

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CHRISTIE’S ANNOUNCES THE FASHION COLLECTION OF HOLLYWOOD’S MOST GLAMOROUS STAR: ELIZABETH TAYLOR

THE FILM STAR’S FEARLESS SENSE OF STYLE REFLECTED IN MEGAWATT FASHIONS BY CHANEL, CHRISTIAN DIOR, VALENTINO, VERSACE AND MORE

New York –  Christie’s is pleased to announce fashion and accessories highlights from the four-day series of landmark sales devoted to the iconic Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the celebrated film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian.  Collected over five decades, Elizabeth Taylor’s fashion wardrobe features scores of museum-quality ensembles fashioned by Chanel, Christian Dior, Gianfranco Ferré, Givenchy, Halston, Tiziani, Valentino, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.  As Hollywood’s leading lady for decades, Elizabeth Taylor often worked directly with designers to create the stunning looks that the cameras immortalized – from the ethereal silver Chanel ballgown and cape she wore to the Royal Film performance of The Taming of the Shrew in London in 1967, to the stunning ivory silk Valentino Couture gown she wore to the 64th Annual Academy Awards in 1992.  Nearly 400 items comprise this broad collection, which includes a lifetime of one-of-a-kind haute couture gowns, prêt-à-porter fashions, coats, and capes, as well as scores of handbags, costume jewelry and shoes.  Christie’s New York will present 68 of Ms. Taylor’s most iconic looks in a black-tie Evening Sale of fashion and accessories on December 14, followed by 326 additional items in three consecutive Day Sale sessions on December 15.

“One of the many great treasures within Elizabeth Taylor’s vast collection is her extraordinarily well-preserved wardrobe. The stunning outfits she wore to galas, award ceremonies, AIDS benefits and even her own weddings to Richard Burton are all here, lovingly maintained along with the handbags, shoes, hats and other accessories that completed her superstar looks. Just as the unveiling of her iconic jewelry collection has dazzled fans and collectors the world over these last few weeks, this exceptional collection of Ms. Taylor’s fashion is sure to inspire and delight all who come to see it during our global exhibition tour this fall,” said Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie's Americas.

“Spanning over fifty years of fashion, this is a highly personal collection, every stitch of which is reflective of Elizabeth Taylor’s sense of fashion and the development of her distinctive style.  This is not a red carpet wardrobe edited by stylists but a treasure trove of looks chosen by the last of the great movie stars.   Many of the pieces in this lifetime collection were couture, custom made for Ms. Taylor by designers who became her close friends, including Valentino Garavani, Gianni Versace and Gianfranco Ferré,” noted Meredith Etherington-Smith, Christie’s curator for the fashion portion of the Collection.  “In life, Elizabeth Taylor was delightfully fearless in her fashion choices and it is her joie-de-vivre, sense of play and megawatt stardom that shine through for anyone who sees this fabulous collection.”

Select highlights from Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of fashion and accessories have joined the three-month global touring exhibition, which arrives at Christie’s London on September 23.  Nearly 6,000 people viewed the inaugural two-day public exhibition at GUM on Moscow’s Red Square, held September 15 and 16. Additional tour stops for the jewelry and fashion collections will include Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong, and New York.  The complete collection will be offered for sale at Christie’s New York from December 13-16 (see appendix for complete tour schedule and sale calendar).

THE COLLECTION OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR:

THE ICON AND HER HAUTE COUTURE

Stepping into the limelight in 1941 at the tender age of nine, Elizabeth Taylor rapidly became one of Hollywood’s leading starlets. Growing up in the studio system, she quickly became immersed in the glamour of silver screen fashion with the help of some of the best costume designers of the era, including Edith Head, Helen Rose and Irene Sharaff.  With these talented women as her guides, the young actress mastered the elements of fine form and design that would forever define her personal style, both on the red carpet and in her private life. 

In time, she became a devoted client of haute couture from the houses of Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent. She became both a patron and close friend of certain designers as well, including Gianfranco Ferré, Halston, Arnold Scaasi and Michael Vollbracht. But when asked if she considered herself a style icon, Taylor was quick to set the record straight, saying “Fashion icons are the geniuses I was fortunate enough to work with,” citing Valentino, Halston, Gianni Versace, Rose, Sharaff and Head as her greatest influences.  Their designs and contributions to Elizabeth Taylor’s inimitable style are all substantially represented in her fashion collection. 

**See PDF (above) above for the complete release**

APPENDIX

 

The complete catalogues for The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor are now available for pre-order at

http://www.christies.com/elizabethtaylor/catalogues.aspx

Please visit the website for further details on tour information, press releases, exhibition tickets, and catalogues.

 

To see the press announcement of

The Crown Jewels of Hollywood: The Elizabeth Taylor Collection, visit

www.christies.com/about/press-center/releases/pressrelease.aspx?pressreleaseid=4977

 

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2011 that totaled £2.0 billion/$3.2 billion. In 2010 it achieved global auction and private sales of £3.3 billion/$5.0 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

 

Notes to Editors:

 

Tour Dates and Locations: Highlights from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor

City

Dates

Admission

Venue

Moscow

September 15 & 16

n/a

GUM, Red Square

London

September 24, 25 & 26

£10

Christie’s London

Los Angeles 

October 13, 14, 15 & 16

$20

MOCA Pacific Design Center

Dubai

October 23

n/a

Emirates Tower Hotel

Geneva

November 11 & 12

n/a

Four Seasons Hotel de Bergues

Paris

November 16 & 17

n/a

Christie’s Paris

Hong Kong

November 24, 25, 26 & 27

n/a

Hong Kong Convention Center

New York

December 3 - 12

$30

Christie’s New York

 

Tickets will be required to view the highlights exhibitions in London, Los Angeles and New York. Tickets are NOT required to view the exhibition in Moscow, Dubai, Geneva and Paris and Hong Kong, which are timed to coincide with pre-sale jewelry exhibitions in each those locations.

 

Ticket availability will be announced via www.christies.com in advance of the exhibitions.

 

In keeping with Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long devotion to humanitarian causes, Christie’s is pleased to announce that a portion of profits generated by admissions, events and select publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).  Founded in 1991, ETAF provides funding to AIDS service organizations throughout the world to assist those living with HIV and AIDS.

 

Sale catalogues will be shipped in October and will be available for purchase online at www.christies.com/elizabethtaylor

 

 

 

Sale Dates: The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor

 

The Legendary Jewels, Evening Sale

December 13, 2011

Jewelry (Sessions II & III) 

December 14, 2011

The Icon and her Haute Couture, Evening Sale

December 14, 2011

Fashion and Accessories (Sessions II, III & IV)

December 15, 2011

Fine and Decorative Art & Film Memorabilia, including costumes

December 16, 2011

Impressionist & Modern Art

February 7-8, Christie’s London

 

In addition, a series of online-only sales of additional items of fine and costume jewelry, accessories,

Fashion, memorabilia and decorative arts will run December 3 to December 17 on www.christies.com

 

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About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.