Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Grace Kelly Style

Perhaps no American actress, dead or alive, had more style than Princess Grace. Her cool and calm demeanor, regal features and exquisite taste made her a favorite with everyone from Hitchcock to Christian Dior and ultimately the Prince and principality of Monaco. At a time when the studios were churning out glamorous stars by the dozens, Kelly stood miles apart.

Kelly won the Academy Award for Best Actress her performance in the 1954 film Country Girl

Written by Kristina Haugland with Jenny Lister and Samantha Erin Safer, Grace Kelly Style (V & A Publishing) is the companion book to the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibit in London. The book is filled with wonderful illustrations of Kelly's wardrobe, including creations from Madame Gres, Christian Dior, Chanel, Yves St. Laurent and Balenciaga that display both her personal, film and royal style. And who but Grace could have an iconic handbag named after them?

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer Engagement Photo

Kelly with James Stewart in the Hitchcock classic Rear Window, 1954

You can order the book on Amazon and read an excerpt at 1st Dibs.

Photo Credits: Grace Kelly cover-Photograph by Erwin Blumenfeld New York, 1955.
© The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld 2009

Grace Kelly with her Academy Award for Country Girl: 30 March 1955
© Everett Collection/Rex features

Engagement of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco, 1956:
© Snap/Rex features

Grace Kelly in ‘Rear Window’ with James Stewart, 1954
© Everett/Rex features


  1. Grace Kelly was definitely the fashion plate. But let's also remember that Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose designed her wedding gown and trousseau, one of the photos shown, and Edith Head designed the costumes for Rear Window, also shown. Thanks for sharing these images Cathy.

  2. Totally agree -- Edith should have had her own Kelly or Birkin bag namesake! Thanks for sharing.

  3. None like her, really. Not even her daughters could match her timeless beauty and class.

  4. Tough shoes to follow! Its rare children of major icons can follow in their footsteps!