On Her Birthday- Remembering Grace Kelly’s Classic Style

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One of the world’s most famous fashion icons, Grace Kelly, was born on this day – November 12, 1929.  She was Hollywood’s real-life fairytale princess and had a royal style to match. Today I pay tribute to her timeless, classic and oh-so-elegant style.

Grace Kelly in Oleg Cassini gown,  1955.  Erwin Blumenfeld photo.

Grace Kelly in an Oleg Cassini gown . 1955

Grace Kelly in an Oleg Cassini gown. Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld, New York, 1955

 

The famous Hollywood costumer, Edith Head, loved designing for Grace. In her book “The Dress Doctor” Ms. Head said of the lovely Ms. Kelly,

“She came up the stairs briskly that first day, looking like a girl just out of Bryn Mawr–the whitest of white gloves, the whitest of blouses, the grey tailored suit, the tailored hat, the most immaculate scrubbed look! We’re used to a certain amount of careless dressing in Hollywood; nothing about Grace was careless. Even better than the clothes was the quiet, shy, interested manner; she becomes articulate and gay as she gets to know you, and hers is a childlike ability to be pleased. In the pale frothy negligee of Rear Window, she positively giggled at her image in the mirrors. “Why, I look like a peach parfait!” she said.

Grace wore this  ice-blue silk Edith Head gown  when she won her Acadmeny Award for Best Actress in The Country Girl (1955)

It was the most expensive Oscar dress to date.

Grace Kelly wearing an Edith Head gown 1955.

Grace Kelly in the ice-blue Edith Head gown she wore to the 1955 Academy Awards.

This is one of my all time favorite Grace Kelly dresses, with it’s full chiffon and tulle skirt and black V neck fitted bodice.

An Edith Head design worn in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

Grace Kelly-Rear Window dress

Grace Kelly in dress worn for Rear Window (1954)

 One of the most iconic wedding gowns of all time, Grace wore a Helen Rose designed dress made of 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of silk net, peau de soie, tulle and 125 year old rose point lace for her marriage to Monaco’s Prince Rainier III.

grace kelly wedding dress

Grace Kelly in Helen Rose designed wedding dress

Even in casual attire Grace always maintained a polished look, as seen in this blouse with rolled sleeves and belted capris.

Grace Kelly in capris

Grace Kelly in capris

And if ever there was anyone who could rock accessories, it was Grace Kelly! They certainly played a  big part in her ever elegant style.

When Grace began carrying a large square Hermès bag to conceal her pregnancy from paparazzi, the style caught on and was officially named ‘The Kelly’. Hermes Kelly Bags  today retail anywhere from $10,000 – $60,000.

Grace Kelly Style

Grace Kelly with her trademark sunglasses, white gloves and Hermès ‘Kelly’ bag.

  Scarves were also a big part of her signature look. She even wore an Hermes scarf as a sling for her broken arm!

Grace Kelly wearing Hermes Scarf sling

Grace Kelly wearing Hermes Scarf sling

And her head wrap style below became a very popular fashion trend.

Grace Kelly head scarf

Grace Kelly head scarf

Although she retired at the young age of 26 and only had roles in 12 films (total!) she is  often referred to as one of  greatest actresses of all time. One of the classiest women in history, her extraordinary fashion sense and regal presence will surely leave a lasting impression for generations to come. Do you have a favorite Grace Kelly look?

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