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At the Oscars in 1970, she asked costumer Head to create a gown that would show off her necklace, ending up in a blue gown with a very low V bustline.

Elizabeth Taylor was a style icon who always followed her own unique and daring fashion vision,” said Jamie Cadwell, director of the Diamond Information Center, a trade organization. “Her love of jewelry was unsurpassed, and women everywhere continue to be inspired by her incredible collection.”

In her clothes, Taylor had a preference for draping, said Emanuel.

Her longevity as a style influencer is proven by the longtime success of her fragrance collections launched with Elizabeth Arden. White Diamonds, which followed 1980s-era Passion and was one of the original celebrity perfumes, has been a beauty-counter best-seller for 20 years.

The fragrances will continue, according to a company statement. “Our best tribute to Elizabeth Taylor will be to continue the legacy of the brands she created and loved so much,” said chairman and CEO E. Scott Beattie.

“White Diamonds is still one of our readers’ favorite fragrances. The fact that hers has stood the test of time, even though every hot celebrity has a fragrance, says a lot about her as a beauty icon,” said Allure’s Laird.


Aaron Edwards contributed to this report from London.