Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Grace Kelly - style icon

'The thing that made her stand out is what we call 'style''. Said McCall's magazine, 1955, of the divine Grace Kelly. Style, class and glamour, the new exhibition at the V&A is dripping with it. It a great journey through her life from actrice to princess. The photos aren't great, but it gives you a hint.
I would love every and any of these pieces. And aside from the clothes there were stunning shoes, bags, hats, gloves and sunglasses on display also. I was drooling by the end.
The V&A says: 'The spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly is on display...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 presents 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, are on show as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955. These are accompanied by film clips and posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette. The display also includes 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.'

Pictured above: Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, 'High Society', 1956, Eric Carpenter/MGM (Kobal Collection). And the real deal, below:

Above: Portrait of Princess Grace on her tenth wedding anniversary, 1966 © Howell Conant/Bob Adelman books. Dress below:Erwin Blumenfeld, Portrait of Grace Kelly, New York, 1955. © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld 2009 (click image for larger version).
And after all that fashion you'll need to refuel. Go through the courtyard to the cafe where there's an incredible decorated room where you can sip your tea and scoff a scone with jam and clotted cream. Yum-o.
Grace Kelly - style icon
V&A
17 April - 26 September 2010
Fashion, Room 40
Admission charge will apply

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