Grace Kelly is one of the ultimate style icons for many women across the globe. She had effortless style which was elegant and seamless. She simply glided with elegance while in her film roles, especially her roles in Alfred Hitchcock movies where she wore some of the best-remembered outfits in the history of film. On her wedding day, she was a fashion vision in her Helen Rose-designed gown, showing how bridal wear was done long before Diana or Kate. Kelly starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” alongside James Stewart, “Dial M,” also starring Ray Milland, and “To Catch A Thief,” co-starring Carey Grant.
Grace Kelly in “Rear Window” (Photo Credit: clothesonfilm.com)
In the first film from 1954, she wowed us all as Lisa, the girlfriend of James Stewart’s character Jeff who witnesses a murder from his window while in a wheelchair with a broken leg. But while her acting was superb, it was her style in the film that all of us who love fashion really noticed. We all have so much to thank the fabulous Edith Head, costume designer on the film, for. Head had worked with Grace before and they had become friends. Head designed a fantastic dress for Kelly to wear which had a black bodice with an off-the-shoulder V-neckline and full skirt of gathered chiffon tulle which is also layered and goes to midcalf. On the hip there is a spray bunch pattern. A black patent belt, white silk gloves, pearls, and a white chiffon wrap complete the look to perfection. Another fabulous outfit she wore was a pleated silk organza black dress when Lisa begins to believe Jeff that there has been a murder.
Grace Kelly in “Dial M” (Photo Credit: glamamor.com)
In the second movie, she wore a vixen-style red dress. The color was picked by Carrere because the character Grace plays is having an affair with Robert Cummings’ character.
In the final film, Francie, played by Grace Kelly, and Robie are introduced over dinner, and Kelly stuns in a flowing strappy dress which is blue chiffon made by Edith Head. Kelly also wears a dusty pink dress when she brings John on the car trip. I personally loved this outfit. It was so simple and feminine.
Grace Kelly in “Rear Window” (Photo Credit: classiq.me)
Kelly had a real-life style moment when she wed Prince Rainer III of Monaco in 1956. She wore a dress designed by Helen Rose from MGM. There was a bodice and under bodice and also two petticoats. She accessorized with a veil, headdress, shoes, and prayer book that she carried, which was encrusted with pearls and lace. The gown also included 125-year-old Brussels rose point lace as well as silk taffeta, silk net, tulle, and peau de soie. It was a true vision and one of the biggest landmark outfits in fashion history. Arguably the biggest. The Philadelphia Museum of Art had an exhibition called Fit for a Princess: Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress on April 1, 2006 which was on until the May 21, 2006. It was for the 50th anniversary of the big day which shows just how important it was to fashion history.
Grace Kelly had a huge heart filled with deep compassion and a massive need to help others and more than anything else this was a very admirable quality. It isn’t something every young, stylish woman would possess. When she was a teenager Kelly volunteered in hospitals. When she was older and was married in Monaco, she used her status as the Princess of Monaco to help charities and social causes. She managed to raise funds of millions for numerous charities. The Princess was highly interested in creative fields also and she helped so many young creative people to succeed. Kelly was also the Chairman of Amade which was an organisation which helped children in need.
Grace Kelly on behalf of all womankind I salute you!
Grace Kelly’s famous wedding dress (Photo Credit: babble.com)
Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief” (Photo Credit: filmretrospect.wordpress.com)
Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief” (Photo Credit: blogspot.com)