The Elizabeth Taylor and Bulgari event in Dubai
Celebrating 130 years
Iconic luxury brand Bulgari hosted a magically soirée in the heart of Dubai's financial district last night, to celebrate 130 years and the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. With Cuadro Fine Art Gallery as the chic setting, Bulgari showcased exquisite jewellery pieces worn by one of Hollywood's most glamorous actresses of all time – Elizabeth Taylor.
Aside from her many marriages and lead roles in some of the greatest films ever made – Elizabeth Taylor was renowned for her personal jewellery collection; "Big girls need big diamonds" she famously once said.
In 1961, when the 'Golden Age' of cinema was in full bloom, Elizabeth Taylor arrived in Rome to star as Isis, Queen of the Nile in the cinematic magnum opus Cleopatra. The iconic movie studio Cinecittà was located just outside of town, attracting many international movie stars to the historic city. Bulgari's store on via dei Condotti – just a stone's throw from the famous Spanish Steps – became a regular haunt for the A list, and marks the time that Elizabeth Taylor started to amass her incredible collection of Bulgari jewels.
Taylor once said that "undeniably one of the biggest advantages to filming Cleopatra in Rome was Bulgari's shop. I used to visit Gianni Bulgari in the afternoon and we'd sit and swap stories." It was in that very place where Elizabeth Taylor became the temporary "guardian," as she liked to be known, of fabulous Bulgari jewels.
Last night a select group of privileged guests had the opportunity to preview some of these 'fabulous Bulgari jewels', at an exclusive cocktail party in Dubai: