Yesterday, I finally made it to the "Grace Kelly: Style Icon" exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. I've been wanting to see this since the beginning of this year, when I read about it in a magazine.
It was a stunning dispaly of the late Princess Grace of Monaco's clothing, spanning her career as an actress and her life as a princess. I think the one dissapointment, certainly one that my mum mentioned to me, was the absence of Kelly's gorgeous taffeta and lace wedding dress (shown below) from her marriage to Prince Rainier in 1956.
Despite this, I think the museum did a commendable job in collecting together such an array of garments. Alongside the clothes themselves, which were in brilliant condition, a selection of Kelly's hats (including the famous 'turban' hats) bags and accessories were also on display.
One of my favourite outfits was the honeymoon ensemble. It was comparatively simple to some of her richer, more colourful pieces, but I felt that this simplicity completely epitomised Kelly. The ensemble consisted of a skirt and fitted jacket in a soft biscuit-coloured wool, with buttons down the front of the jacket and a simple collar. I think I was especially drawn to the elegance of this outfit-the way it emphasised Kelly's tiny waist, and didn't distract from her face or,more importantly, the occasion itself.
Photography was forbidden, much to my annoyance, so for the moment I am making do with the very few images provided in the exhibition programme. I have every intention of buying the book created from the exhibition, but until then, I'm writing from memory!