Montblanc celebrates its “muse”, a legendary actress and activist Elizabeth Taylor, with a special edition writing instrument. Montblanc Muses Elizabeth Taylor Special Edition pairs the Maison’s deep heritage of writing culture with the story of this fearless woman who has left her mark on the world. Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011) is widely regarded as one of the most iconic and influential women of the 20th century. She was a leading lady in movies like Cleopatra and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and the first globally recognized celebrity HIV and AIDS activist. She led a jet-set lifestyle and assembled one of the most expensive private collections of jewelry in the world.
The design of the new Montblanc Muses Elizabeth Taylor Special Edition draws inspiration from the aesthetics of the 1950s and 1960s, the period in which Elizabeth reached her acting zenith in Hollywood. The shape evokes an original Montblanc writing instrument from this same period. The cap and barrel are covered with a dark-violet marbleized lacquer in homage to the star’s beautiful eyes, and her favorite color.
Elizabeth Taylor’s private jewelry collection features historic pieces including the gigantic 33.19 carat Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (formerly known as the Krupp Diamond) ring, given to her by Richard Burton. Her passion for jewelry inspired the ring-shaped clip, while the platinum-coated cone with its geometric engraving recalls a typical jewelry pattern of the 1950s.
In 1985, Elizabeth Taylor co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), now The Foundation for AIDS Research. In 1991, she established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), raising more awareness for the fight against AIDS than any other public figure of her time. To pay tribute to her speech at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2000, which ended with the words “LONG LIVE LOVE”, the fountain pen’s Au 585 solid gold rhodium-coated nib features an engraving of these three words.
The Montblanc Muses Elizabeth Taylor Special Edition is available as a Fountain Pen, Rollerball Pen and Ballpoint Pen.