Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Grace Kelly: Style Icon

The spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly will be on display at the V&A. Tracing the evolution of her style from her days as one of Hollywoods most popular actresses in the 1950s and as Princess Grace of Monaco, the display will present over 50 of Grace Kelly's outfits together with hats, jewellery and the original Herm├Ęs Kelly bag. Dresses from her films, including High Society, will be shown as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955. These will be accompanied by film clips and posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette. The display will also include the lace ensemble worn by Grace Kelly for her civil marriage ceremony to Prince Rainier in 1956 and 35 haute couture gowns from the 1960s and 70s by her favourite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent. V&A 17 April - 26 September 2010 Sponsored by Van Cleef & ArpelsDetail of the dress worn in High Society
This is “the dress Kelly wore when she dances with Frank Sinatra in her final film, High Society," said Lister. "It's a full-length, with long sleeves and a boat-shaped neckline. It's quite fancy — it follows the lines of her body, but it has this full, flowing skirt and embroidery from the top of the bodice down across the skirt in silk thread and diamante scattered across the bodice.” Photo courtesy of Consulate General of Monaco, New York