The highly successful Grace Kelly exhibition has turned the spotlight back onto one of the most influential fashion icons of the 20th century. The beautiful actress gone princess was one of the most photographed women of her time and captured the hearts of an adoring audience with her classical style and elegance. Titled Grace Kelly: Style Icon, the internationally touring exhibition will tell the story of her life and evolving style and showcase some of her most memorable gowns and dresses. The Grace Kelly exhibition is organised by the Victoria and Alfred Museum in London in collaboration with the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. It is currently being hosted by the Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia (11 March – 17 June) after completing its UK debut, which attracted around 200,000 fans. The exhibition is divided into three sections that encapsulate her life and style as an actress, a bride and a princess.
Grace Kelly as Hollywood Star
Grace Kelley rose to fame in the 1950s as a Hollywood actress, staring in films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) and George Seaton’s The Country Girl (1954), for which she won an Oscar for best actress. Her image was largely cultivated by the silver screen industry. However, unlike the voluptuous stars Marilyn Monroe and Bridgette Bardot, Grace Kelly had a more elegant style. The Grace Kelly: Style Icon features spectacular garments and gowns from this era, including haute couture gowns from leading fashion houses Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga and Chanel. On display is the dress she wore in High Society and the gown she wore when she accepted her Oscar in 1955, as well as her everyday tailored suits and casual wear from her personal wardrobe.
Grace Kelly as Bride
Grace Kelley’s wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco was a fairytale affair. She met the prince at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 and after a brief courtship the couple married, much to the delight of the media. On display is the floral patterned silk taffeta dress she wore during her first meet with her future husband. The highlight is the Grace Kelly wedding dress, which left onlookers in awe on her wedding day.
Grace Kelly as Princess
After her marriage, Princess Grace of Monaco ended her career in film. Her style changed considerably to adapt to her new role. Her primary focus was now on her husband and family, although she also used her celebrity status to support charities. Like other members of European Royal families, Grace Kelly embraced the fashion of the Parisian grand couture houses. In particular she became associated with Christian Dior and combined appropriate formal wear with modern elegance. Grace Kelley’s style is one of endurance and class, and is still used as a reference for classic high fashion today.
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