This weekend is the opening of the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibit at the V&A in London.
The exhibit will be divided into three sections focusing on her Hollywood films, the romantic relationship with Prince Rainier of Monaco, and her official engagements as Princess Grace, this new exhibition will showcase the most memorable haute couture looks worn by Grace Kelly.
The display will present over 50 of Grace Kelly’s outfits together with hats, jewellery and the original Hermès Kelly bag. Dresses from her films, including High Society, will be shown as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955. These will be accompanied by film clips and posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette. 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 favourite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent.
Vintage Alhambra pendant, yellow gold and coral with diamond centre £2,350
Van Cleef & Arpels is delighted to present Special Edition pieces of the iconic Vintage Alhambra collection, as owned by Princess Grace of Monaco. The pieces will include a sautoir and bracelet in yellow gold and malachite, and a pendant in yellow gold and coral, with a diamond centre.
They will be available only in London, from the opening of the exhibition Grace Kelly: Style Icon at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 17 April – 26 September 2010, an exploration of the style of a great beauty, the glamorous Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco.
Vintage Alhambra 20 motif sautoir, yellow gold and malachite £10,000
Princess Grace, who was always an admirer of Van Cleef & Arpels, truly became a great muse of the Maison when, a few days after their engagement, HSH Prince Rainier of Monaco went to the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique in New York to choose a “souvenir” for his fiancée.
Vintage Alhambra 5 motif bracelet, yellow gold and malachite £2,500
The new Special Edition pieces will be stocked in both the New Bond Street and Harrods boutiques.
Grace Kelly: Style Icon
17 April – 26 September 2010
Sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels
Fashion, Room 40
Admission charge will apply