Imagine one minute you’re a fresh star on the silver screen when you travel to the Cannes Film Festival. There, invited to participate in a photo shoot at the Palace of Monaco, you meet a prince…and live happily ever after.
That fairy tale is the true story of how fashion icon Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier met!
Before that fateful trip to Cannes, Grace was taking Hollywood by storm. In two short years, she had appeared in six films and received an Academy Award. Everyone in the country had fallen in love with this lovely star’s skill on screen and her sophisticated, feminine, timeless style.
But she left it all behind when she fell madly in love with Prince Rainier. Six months after they met in May at the Cannes Film Festival, Grace and her prince were engaged.
Grace’s studio, MGM, wanted to make sure she walked down the aisle as an American Princess. So, as a gift, her wedding gown was custom-designed by the famous Helen Rose. Made of 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of silk net, peau de soie and 125-year old Brussels Point lace, Grace’s gown was finished with a Juliet cap decorated with seed pearls and orange blossoms paired with a 90-yard tulle veil. Grace Kelly’s incredible, elegant bridal look remains one of the world’s favorites today, influencing other famous brides like Kate Middleton!
Named by Karl Lagerfeld as “the most beautiful blond of her time,” Grace Kelly’s timeless style would be considered modern even today! Despite the fact that any designer would have been over the moon for Grace to wear their clothes, her favorite ensemble was a Chanel suit. Even in the 1960s, when women and fashion were more rebellious, Grace preferred to be feminine and wore pearls, gloves and hats. She even had a bag named after her. A very private person, for months Grace carried a large, boxy Hermes bag to hide her pregnancy, now known as the famous “Kelly” bag.
Though she never saw herself as a style icon, Grace Kelly is upheld as the ultimate standard of grace, beauty and style.
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