Monday, December 21

All I Want for Christmas is Grace Kelly's Wardrobe

I will be making a trip to London in April. The spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly, one of the most popular and iconic actresses of the 1950s, will be on display at the Victoria & Albert museum in London from April 17th - September 26th 2010.

Tracing the evolution of her style from her days as one of Hollywood's 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, jewelery and the original Hermès Kelly bag. Dresses from her films will be shown as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955.

Grace Kelly as Tracy Lord in 'High Society', 1956.

The exhibition will feature dresses from her films such as 'Rear Window'. The dress Kelly wore for the film, above, inspired Carolina Herrera to design her own version.

The belted, short-waist dress, by Barnell of New York, which Kelly chose to wear for the announcement of her engagement, will feature at the V&A.

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 favorite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent.


Greet Lefèvre said...

This will be a wonderful exhibition! Thank you for letting us know!!

I want to thank you for all of your beautiful posts and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!


Barb said...

What a fantastic blog you have.

April in London sounds like a must! I would love to see her wardrobe in person.

Happy Holidays

Karena said...

Oh Ronda, I agree! Add to that Audrey Hepburn, classics you can wear forever! Grace was so gorgeous!

Mrs. Blandings said...

That will be a wonderful treat!

Anonymous said...

Dear Rhonda,

If I were her daughters I would have raided her closet long ago and taken the goodies back with me to have and enjoy and save for their daughters.........

I have been to Monaco that would be such a hard city to live in and raise kids...
So, much over the top and not a very family oriented place, so they must have had other homes they brought their kids to???

She was so lovely!!!


Katherine Lee said...

those belted full skirt dresses make me wish i was living in that era. they look fabulous on everyone and are undeniably the epitome of class. great post!

xo katherine aka. urban flea :)

mary said...

This a wonderful post! I think that all little girls of that era wanted to grow up and be just like Grace Kelly: movie star, Oscar winner, married a prince and live "happily ever after". She was truly an inspiration for millions in the way she chose to live her life: with integrity. Thanks.

Celeste said...

I had seen the Carolina Herrera gown, but never knew that the original was worn by Kelly. SO beautiful! I had a professor in college who said I reminded her so much of GK; you've inspired me to check out some of her films over the holidays.

Ms. P and C said...

Be sure to visit the Legion of Honor in San Francisco this winter too. The "Cartier in America" exhibit features Princess Grace's own suite of necklace and bracelet, as well as her actual engagement ring (almost 10.5 carats) that she wore in "High Society"...

Do not miss it!

Shani said...

How wonderful! I know you will enjoy this exhibition so much. She had such a timeless and beautiful style that will be treasured for as long as we have visual and written history.

Brillante Interiors said...

How much I loved Grace Kelly, her style, her wonderful life until the tragedy. Thanks for the beautiful post and the news about the exhibition. I shall be there!
Merry Christmas Ronda, to you and your family.

Gwen Driscoll said...


I love Grace Kelly. She was so elegant and beautiful. What a great exhibit it will be. So happy for you to be able to go to it.

Thanks so much for all your great posts. I've really enjoyed the last couple of weeks. Happy Holidays!

Gwen Driscoll
Ragland Hill Social

Kelsey B. said...

I am SO glad you told me about this. I think I am going to have to make a resolution to go! I love the V&A and I LOVE Grace!

Renée Finberg said...

grace kelly (and audrey hepburn)
were the tops.
my favorites.
grace kelly had the most magnificent bones.
what a 'take your breath away' beauty she was.
i have to admit, i think i would enjoy this exhibit.
thank you for this lovely post.

XX merry Christmas