Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess Exhibition at TIFF

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The Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess Exhibition is currently in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from November 4 , 2011 to January 22, 2012. This exhibit was originally shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England in 2009.  Toronto is the only North American City to be presenting this exhibition. Their Serene Highness Prince Albert II  and his new wife, Princess Charlene came to Toronto to officially open the exhibit.

The Exhibit features Grace Kelly's life and transformation from a typical American lady born in Philadelphia on 12 November 1929, then became  one of the talented and awarded Movie Actress  to a Royal Bride and Princess of Monaco. Her transformation to these different stages of her life was presented through her clothes, accessories, jewelleries, various photographs and personal videos.

I visited the exhibit a few weekends ago with one of my friends. My friend even made the effort to dress like "Grace Kelly" with her fuchsia floral hat, matching fuchsia cardigan and her black and white dress and wearing some pearl jewellery. My outfit tribute to Princess Grace was wearing my pearl earrings and bracelet. I also carried my Christian Dior bag, as Dior was one of Princess Grace's favourite designers.

Grace Kelly Exhibit is officially sponsored by the Grimaldi Forum  Monaco.

Grace Kelly, typical lady of her time, wore her trademark white gloves  from the time she was  a  Movie Actress and up to when she became a Princess of Monaco.

Young and beautiful Grace Kelly. Her tall built allowed her to become a model. Then she studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.  After graduating, she landed roles in Broadway, where she landed a part in the play, "The Father."

Young Grace Kelly  wearing her trademark, Pearls.  In 1950, Grace Kelly went to Hollywood where she was offered a contract by MGM. Her First film was a small part in the movie "Fourteen Hours."  Then the following year, she was in the movie "High Noon."

A beautiful portrait of the young Grace Kelly.

As a Movie Star, her clothes were mostly designed by the Studio Fashion Designers. She developed  close relationships with the Studio Fashion Designers like Edith Head, Helen Rose and Oleg Cassini. Grace Kelly's famous and classic Wedding gown was designed by Studio Designer Helen Rose. In the Exhibit, only the replica Wedding gown is on display. The original Wedding gown had some damages that it cannot be displayed.

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In 1955, Grace Kelly attended the Cannes Film Festival, held in Cannes, France which has close proximity to Monaco. The French magazine, Paris Match, arranged for Grace Kelly to have a pictorial session at the Royal Palace in Monaco. This pictorial session  led to the meeting of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. After a year of courtship, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier had  a Civil Wedding ceremony at the Royal Palace on April 18, 1956 followed  by the  Church wedding, on April 19, 1956 at the Cathedral of St Nicholas in Monaco.  The Wedding suit worn by Grace Kelly, on the picture above, during the Civil Wedding ceremony was designed by Helen Rose. Grace Kelly's Floral dress that she wore during the pictorial,  the dress she wore during her Engagement, the Civil Wedding dress are all  on display at the Exhibit.  

After her Royal Wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, she became officially known as  Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco. Then residing in Monaco, she became a full fledged wife, mother and Princess.  She had three children - Princess Caroline, Prince Albert II and the youngest, Princess Stephanie. Her style and fashion was also transformed from Studio Fashion Designers to her clothes designed by the French Haute Couture houses like Christian Dior, Yves St Laurent, Madame Gres, Hubert de Givenchy, Cristobal Balenciaga, Lanvin and of course Chanel.  Most of her clothes from these design houses are also on display at  the Exhibit. Her Tiara and other personal jewelleries designed by Van Cleef and Arpels are also on display. Even her famous Hermes Brown "Kelly" bag is also on display.

Aerin Lauder sums up it the best:'“Princess Grace was a good friend of my grandmother, Estée,” Lauder says of one of the photographs that decorate a table in the living room. “I love her style and elegance, and I especially love this picture because it has her signature.”'
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To win tickets for two to the Grace Kelly Exhibit with dinner for two at "Luma" at TIFF Lightbox:
Contest runs from October 31,2011 to January  15, 2012.

Grace Kelly Style Challenge:
To enter the contest to win tickets for 2 to NYC:

I learned many things about Princess Grace from this exhibit. As an Actress, I  learned about her other movies - "Mogambo" which was completely shot in Africa and starred Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. She even won an Oscar for Best Actress in "The Country Girl." Grace Kelly also developed a close working relationship with Alfred Hitchcock and made several films together like " Dial M for Murder,"  " Rear Window" and "To Catch a Thief."  Her last film before her Royal Wedding was "High Society"   and starred Cary Grant. She had many other films which are all presented at the Exhibit. I will try my best this coming year to watch some of her films. I will start with watching " Mogambo" and "High Society."

As a Princess, well, she placed Monaco on the map. Before their Royal Wedding, Monaco or Prince Rainier was not well known in the world. When Princess Grace arrived in Monaco, the whole world followed her and learned more about Monaco. She was active in the Monaco Arts  and also for the Red Cross.  Princess Grace was also a devoted mother to her three children and accompanied Prince Rainier in their numerous State Visits to other countries.

Princess Grace was truly a beautiful woman.  In every clothes that she wore from Actress to Princess truly showed her real personality,  natural beauty, elegance and style. Princess Grace is one of a kind.

Source: Book- Grace Kelly Style produced for the V & A ,written by H. Kristina Haugland.
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