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These Old Hollywood Oscar Dresses Will Make You Yearn For The Past

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19. 1961: Liz Taylor
In 1961, Elizabeth Taylor won the Best Actress statue for her portrayal of Manhattan call girl Gloria Wandrous in the film Butterfield 8. For the event, Taylor wore a color blocked Christian Dior gown that was accented with a red rosette at the waist. 

The floral print gown was from Dior's Spring-Summer 1961 Haute Couture collection, and was called the “Soiree a Rio” dress. The collection marked the start of legendary designer Marc Bohan's career at Dior; he took over as creative director from Yves Saint Laurent when Laurent was called for military service in 1960. 

In this Haute Couture collection, Bohan introduced the new "Slim Look," which was a svelte version of Dior's iconic "New Look" silhouette. Taylor immediately ordered 12 pieces, and this dress was one of them. Bohen would go on to head Dior for nearly 30 years, from 1961 to 1989. 

The pearl and diamond earrings that Taylor complimented her beehive with also had an interesting story. The chandelier earrings came from Ruser, one of Hollywood's favorite jewelers during the mid-century. While it's unknown who gave Taylor the baubles, what makes them famous is their auction price. The earrings were estimated to sell between $30,000 and $50,000 at Christie's in 2011, but they sold for a staggering $698,500!