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An Irene Sharraf caftan, the nude chiffon ground appliqué with palmyra and lotus flowers in coffee and cream silks and beadwork, unlabeled, made for Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra
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By registering to bid, you hereby agree that the copyright, and any and all associated intellectual property and other rights for this item are exclusively retained by The Elizabeth Taylor Trust and/or Interplanet Productions, Ltd. Buyers of the Property will not receive the copyright or any related reproduction rights in the Property and all intellectual property rights are explicitly reserved by Seller and are freely exploitable by Seller in perpetuity. Furthermore, the use of Elizabeth Taylor’s name, photograph or likeness may not be used relating to this item without the express written permission of The Elizabeth Taylor Trust and/or Interplanet Productions Ltd.

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Costume designer Irene Sharaff was solely in charge of the designs and numerous costumes made for, and worn by, Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 Twentieth Century Fox production Cleopatra. Sharaff won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Costume Design, along with fellow costumiers on the film, Vittorio Nino Novarese and Renié. Sharaff was chosen for her imaginative designs and influences gained from her knowledge of period costume. Although this garment is not labeled it is likely to have been designed by her.
Elizabeth Taylor wears an identical caftan in the still illustrated, taken during a wardrobe test. The identifiable palmyra and lotus flower motif is visible throughout the production, in some of the costumes worn by Taylor as Cleopatra and in the set design.

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