grace kelly is an icon of glamour, elegance, and old hollywood magic. she was a beautifully poised actress, and she ruled the silver screen in movies throughout the 1950s. she was always coiffed, lovely, and simply fabulous. elegant designer gowns were her go-to look; she was even close friends with iconic designer edith head. gorgeous accessories ruled, from her feminine gloves, to her glamorous sunglasses, and her Hermes bag; the ever-present designer handbag that she carried throughout the 50s, which of course was later coined “the kelly bag” in her honor. (clockwise from top left) grace kelly and carey grant in to catch a thief, grace kelly and husband prince rainier, grace kelly looking fabulous with her signature hermes bag, grace kelly as the picture of radiance in beachwear, grace kelly and marlon brando at the 1954 academy awards (photos: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/fashion/ideas/34648/25/ultimate-style-icons-grace-kelly.html)
on april 19, 1956, she wed prince rainier of monaco in one of the most glamorous and memorable weddings of the 20th century. the wedding was a spectacularly elegant affair that married hollywood royalty with european nobility. the most memorable piece of the day of course was kelly’s stunning dress, a masterpiece by mgm designer helen rose (check out some of her stunning work here: http://www.coletterie.com/fashion-history/helen-rose). the creation was made of layers of silk taffeta, lace, and pearls, with a figure-flattering cinched waist, full bell skirt, sleeves, and dramatic high neckline. the look was complete with her lace-covered headpiece and elegant, lace-edged blusher veil. photos: http://life.time.com/culture/grace-kelly-prince-rainier-photos-from-the-wedding-of-the-century/#1
grace kelly’s wedding day style has intrigued us throughout the years, and over 50 years after her big day, her look still inspires weddings around the world. we all watched kate middleton‘s beautiful marriage to prince william of cambridge on april 29, 2011. her alexander mcqueen creation was simply stunning, and her full skirts and elegant lace sleeves were reminiscent of kelly’s sophistication and glamour. fashionista nicole richie wed rocker joel madden on december 11, 2010, in a stunning marchesa gown that called to kelly’s look with a dramatic lace bodice and sleeves and cinched waist, modernized with a full, billowing skirt made of countless layers of tulle fabric. socialite and designer ivanka trump was married to Jared Kushner on october 25, 2009, in an elegant vera wang gown. the stunning lace-overlay dress recalled kelly’s look in it’s dramatic sleeves and full skirts.
Grace Kelly Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story – Biography.com
Philadelphia Museum of Art – Press Release – Museum Offers Rare Look at Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress April 1–May 21, 2006
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