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Glamour every decade

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Plunging necklines to extravagan­t jewelry, Taylor’s style was often as smoldering as her love life.

Elizabeth Taylor’s sexy style was as smoldering as her love life. In colorful gowns, plunging décolletag­e and sharply nipped waists, Taylor delighted in overtaking the red carpet, freely accessoriz­ing with heaps of jewelry, her raven hair adorned with tiaras, flowers and turbans, her violet eyes often rimmed in kohl. For Taylor, quite simply, glamour was a way of life. USA TODAY’s Andrea Mandell checks in with designer Randolph Duke on Taylor’s style through the decades.

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1962 photo by Hulton Archive, Getty Images
 ?? By Hulton Archive, Getty Images ?? 1962:
“It doesn’t feel as much like people were posing or faking it yet,” Duke says of this photo of Taylor and fourth husband Eddie Fisher. He calls this Grecian gown impeccable. “Pure goddess,” says Duke. “She did wear a lot of solid things, not a...
By Hulton Archive, Getty Images 1962: “It doesn’t feel as much like people were posing or faking it yet,” Duke says of this photo of Taylor and fourth husband Eddie Fisher. He calls this Grecian gown impeccable. “Pure goddess,” says Duke. “She did wear a lot of solid things, not a...
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Taylor picked up her first Oscar (for Butter
field 8) in this Christian Dior confection. “She was always very in sync with the moment,” Duke says. “The magic of that dress is doing a color at the waist, which makes her waist even smaller.”
1961: Taylor picked up her first Oscar (for Butter field 8) in this Christian Dior confection. “She was always very in sync with the moment,” Duke says. “The magic of that dress is doing a color at the waist, which makes her waist even smaller.”
 ?? By Fotos Internatio­nal, Getty Images ?? 1970:
Taylor headed back to the Oscars in this plunging violet Edith Head gown, paired with the 69.42-karat diamond necklace from Richard Burton. “I probably would say this is one of the most iconic look she’s worn,” Duke says of the gown that matched...
By Fotos Internatio­nal, Getty Images 1970: Taylor headed back to the Oscars in this plunging violet Edith Head gown, paired with the 69.42-karat diamond necklace from Richard Burton. “I probably would say this is one of the most iconic look she’s worn,” Duke says of the gown that matched...
 ?? By Kevin Kane, WireImage ?? 2001:
Taylor shared glitz and glamour on a night out on the town with close pal Michael Jackson. “You’ve got to give it to her,” Duke says. “She never stopped experiment­ing, trying, playing.” And he applauds Taylor’s decision to wear piles of gems...
By Kevin Kane, WireImage 2001: Taylor shared glitz and glamour on a night out on the town with close pal Michael Jackson. “You’ve got to give it to her,” Duke says. “She never stopped experiment­ing, trying, playing.” And he applauds Taylor’s decision to wear piles of gems...
 ?? By Michael Lipchitz, AP ?? 1987:
Taylor hit Cannes with thenboyfri­end George Hamilton dressed in a stand-out red gown with leg-ofmutton sleeves. “I love the color. It’s interestin­g she sort of went between having very pale skin to being very tan during her life,” Duke says....
By Michael Lipchitz, AP 1987: Taylor hit Cannes with thenboyfri­end George Hamilton dressed in a stand-out red gown with leg-ofmutton sleeves. “I love the color. It’s interestin­g she sort of went between having very pale skin to being very tan during her life,” Duke says....
 ?? AP ?? 1951:
“This is very ’50s in silhouette and style,” Duke says of Taylor’s early debut in a black velvet gown, worn to the premiere of
Lady with the Lamp. “The glove and the bag was just right, and the halter draws you right into her neck and face.”
AP 1951: “This is very ’50s in silhouette and style,” Duke says of Taylor’s early debut in a black velvet gown, worn to the premiere of Lady with the Lamp. “The glove and the bag was just right, and the halter draws you right into her neck and face.”
 ?? Universal Pictures/Photofest ?? 1977:
Taylor stepped out 1970s style with this extravagan­t, pearl and flower headpiece. “What better year to wear it?” Duke says. “Anyone who wears something like that, it says a lot about her spirit. She was a lot of fun.”
Universal Pictures/Photofest 1977: Taylor stepped out 1970s style with this extravagan­t, pearl and flower headpiece. “What better year to wear it?” Duke says. “Anyone who wears something like that, it says a lot about her spirit. She was a lot of fun.”

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