I have always been a Liz Taylor fan and always will be.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is one of my all time favorite films. I am a fan of Tennessee Williams plays so when you add Liz Taylor and a stellar cast of actors you have a master piece.
I love how Liz turned an old fashioned full slip into a star!
Liz plays a strong woman, named Maggie the cat, who tries to win back the affections of her aloof husband.
Set in the steamy climate of the deep south Maggie spends the majority of the movie wearing only a full slip.
But this is no ordinary slip.
Liz Taylor looked glamorous while exquisitely undressed in that famous full slip.
This slip not only became the star of the show but also the image or icon of the show itself. It is incredible when a costume portrays the character so completely. It has become just as famous as the actress.
The costume designer, Helen Rose, created the ultimate slip for Elizabeth during production in 1958. This was a full slip made of pure silk, completely lined in silk to guarantee nothing would show through. The slip was perfectly fitted and skin tight. If you watch the film carefully you can see the invisible hidden zipper on the side seam. You may also notice she does not wear a bra.
Silk moulds and moves with a body like no other fabric can. This slip looks like a regular slip but it was created with the magic of movie costuming skill. Yes it is a slip but it has that extra star power.
No one else wears a slip that looks quite as commanding.
In 1960 Liz does it again! Another outstanding slip for the star of Butterfield 8. Once again Helen Rose created the slip but this time with a splash of contrasting lace in a warm coffee color showing 2 layers at the hem.
The sensual silk, the body hugging fit and fully lined to show Liz at her best.
Check out this clip to really see the dramatic slip in action (3 1/2 mins). This slip is powerful and sexy yet so little skin is shown by todays standards.
The slip has moved away from popularity. This is a shame because there is something magical about wearing a slip. Your clothing slides and moves easily on top of it. If your clothing shifts and the slip shows, what a wonderful surprise for the onlooker who happens to notice!
If you want to feel like a 1950’s movie start….pull on a slip one morning and walk tall. See how glamorous you will feel.
There will never be another Liz Taylor. In her honor I vote to bring the slip back into vogue! How about you?
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