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Recently Hollywood lost a legend as screen star Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79. Known as much for her tabloid-making relationships (7 marriages in all) as for her on-screen presence, Taylor was also a noted philanthropist working with amFAR and establishing of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Once considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world, she was also a closely watched fashion icon and always the picture of perfect glamour and womanly charms.

Taylor knew how to flaunt her best assets and took every opportunity to accentuate her killer hourglass figure. Nipped waists and halter necklines were here weapons of choice, both on screen and off. From Butterfield 8 to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Taylor smoldered in some seriously seductive looks while still maintaining an air of ladylike decorum.

Want to add some of Taylor’s feminine glamour into your wardrobe? Check out classic BurdaStyle patterns and start making a bit of your own Hollywood magic (oversized diamonds and scandalous marriages not required).

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BurdaStyle patterns from left: Slip Dress, Pencil Dress, and Dress with Pockets.

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BurdaStyle patterns from left: A-line Dress, Button Down Dress, Alexander Blouse, Full Skirt, Bustier Top and Linda Skirt.

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BurdaStyle patterns from left: Swing Coat, Low-Back Dress, Pencil Skirt and Short Coat.

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19 Comments

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    Jun 13, 2011, 05.56 AMby kraftykatina

    Wow, gorgeous woman in gorgeous clothing. What about swim suite patterns? I LOVE old school swim suites!

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    May 20, 2011, 01.08 PMby zhului

    Recently Hollywood lost a legend as screen star Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79. Known as much for her tabloid-making relationships 70-432 test (7 marriages in all) as for her on-screen presence, Taylor was also a noted philanthropist working with amFAR and establishing of the 70-647 test Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Once considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world, she was also a closely watched fashion icon 70-643 test and always the picture of perfect glamour and womanly charms.

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    Apr 24, 2011, 06.31 PMby shelley .

    Fashion icon, she really deserves that title.

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    Apr 7, 2011, 05.00 AMby Nermina Croata

    Recently I started making some 50’s style dresses because I adore that style. I have narrow waist and large hips and that style fits perfectly ! What is funny is that I keep getting comments like: “But nobody wears that anymore”. It seems that the idea of creating your own fashion and creating clothes you love seems so strange to some. It would be great if more people started creating their own clothes. It gives me a sense of freedom and pride at the same time. I also noticed that those 50’s style dresses literally stop traffic !!! Men just go nuts about that dress when they see it on a woman ! That type of dress has a power !!!

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    Apr 5, 2011, 07.47 PMby lullith74

    I am in love with the black dress Elizabeth wore in Suddenly Last Summer. I have been coveting it for years and have decided to try and draft my own pattern.

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    Apr 5, 2011, 06.49 PMby shela

    Does anyone know of a or have a pattern for the white chiffon dress worn by Ms. Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?

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    Apr 5, 2011, 06.44 PMby shela

    A beautiful and talented woman that will be sorely missed.

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    Apr 5, 2011, 06.39 PMby heather bulmer

    so elegant and beautiful Such a style icon that will be sadly missed by many.

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    Apr 5, 2011, 05.53 PMby nouvellegamine

    why can’t people dress like that now? everyone was so beautiful!

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      Apr 7, 2011, 05.05 AMby Nermina Croata

      Maybe, just maybe many women lost their waist ? :) Food changed.

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      Apr 9, 2011, 07.48 AMby SewJayne

      People can dress like that now if they wish to – they just have to stop following the crowd and start leading it…

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      Jun 12, 2011, 11.40 PMby nouvellegamine

      “People can dress like that now if they wish to – they just have to stop following the crowd and start leading it…”

      it’s definitely easier for those of us who sew to set our own styles. but my friends who don’t sew have a much harder time finding beautiful, yet affordable clothing :)

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      Jun 12, 2011, 11.49 PMby nouvellegamine

      “Maybe, just maybe many women lost their waist ? :) Food changed.”

      food has definitely changed us all. but we also don’t wear shaping underclothes for the most part either. for my vintage clothes i have to wear a padded bra & either a merry widow or a long girdle in order for them to fit, just like my grandma did. :)

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    Apr 3, 2011, 09.59 PMby patchitup

    Love the patterns. Liz was just gorgeous until the very end-what an icon. I need to make a dress in her honor.

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    Apr 2, 2011, 11.52 AMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I love how la Liz was happy to be a brunette for most of her life. Now, brunettes feel they must go blonde or add blonde locks….

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      Apr 2, 2011, 01.19 PMby ielle palmer

      so very true. There are few of us brunettes who haven’t added a few carmel highlights here and there. Liz sure could rock the dark haired beauty look.

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    Apr 2, 2011, 05.46 AMby caramia-made

    An absolute legend.

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    Apr 2, 2011, 04.54 AMby sewknitful

    Beautiful!

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    Apr 2, 2011, 03.48 AMby loyl8

    she was soo fabulous!!!

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