Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Last Time I Saw Paris .. simply fabulous

Elizabeth Taylor in a scene from The Last Time I saw Paris
wearing the fabulous red dress I mentioned below .
The man is a very young Roger Moore.

Just spent a most enjoyable 2 hours on the sofa watching "The Last Time I saw Paris."

Released in 1954. This classic movie is a romantic drama made by MGM, and set in post-World War II Paris. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson, with Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed, Eva Gabor, Kurt Kasznar, George Dolenz, Sandy Descher and Roger Moore. After the end of World War II in Europe, Charles (Van Johnson) plays a journalist walking the streets of Paris covering the city-wide celebration when a total stranger, Helen (Elizabeth Taylor), stops and gives him a celebratory kiss. And thus begins the tale of love, jealousy, challenging marriages, and disillusionment.

Best of all are the amazing clothes worn mainly by the gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor. Donna Reed and Eva Gabor have some sensational outfits also.

I couldn't find many stills from the movies to upload but did find an interesting site with details about the clothing designer for the film, Helen Rose.

Rose's designs, worn by Elizabeth Taylor with her wasp waist, are breathtaking on the screen! Among my favorites are a two piece purple coat/dress ensemble, a black one shoulder evening gown, and a sensational red dress in one of the last of Elizabeth's scenes in the film. The censor of the film rejected the dress because of it's dramatic cleavage, but it was so stunningly beautiful that he was convinced to allow it in the film. Helen Rose was interviewed in the 1970s and mentioned that she had recently seen Elizabeth Taylor's mother and she told her that she still had that red dress. I would have held on to it too! Ms. Rose worked with Elizabeth Taylor on several films and created Liz's now iconic look from Butterfield 8 and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.


  1. I love this movie! Elizabeth looks breathtaking. And I adore a good 50s melodrama.

  2. Thanks for your last comment.
    I've had such lovely feedback on your dresses by the way.

    I probably won't have much time to shop while I'm in Brisbane, but is there any vintage shops I should be checking out? I've heard good things about the vintage shopping in your neck of the woods.