From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY- Beyond the Icon

 image © Consulate General of Monaco, New York
image © Consulate General of Monaco, New York

She Said:

Grace Kelly. Is there a name more associated with the American idea of glamour? She had beauty, poise, acting chops and impeccable style. What’s more, she was a movie star and a princess. While she would later add to her list of talents being a philanthropist and a loving mother, what people remember her for almost as much as her movies themselves are her clothes. Grace Kelly did have wonderful style, but she was also a wonderfully fascinating person. The exhibit, From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY Beyond the Icon, currently at the Michener Art Museum beautifully captures the beauty, elegance and fun of Grace Kelly herself.

This exhibit is extremely well laid out and very user friendly.  I’m a longtime Grace Kelly fan and I learned so much from this exhibit. While it’s true that many staggeringly beautiful clothing items are on display there are also many other treasures. A fascinating collection of memorabilia, letters, photos and video make it feel as if Grace is in the room with you.

There are so many pieces that are literally jaw dropping in their beauty. That they are too numerous to name, but here are a few of my favorites.

The dress from the wedding scene of High Society

The He Said She Said Experience High Society Wedding Dress : From Philadelphia to Monaco

Her beloved “Bayarede” Dior Gown

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Princess Grace often wore Christian Dior, and this ‘Bayadère’ dress from the spring/summer of 1967 was one of her favorites. image © Natalie Wi.

The fabulously chic and simple “Mondrian” dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent.

The He Said She Said Experience- Grace Kelly Yves Saint Laurent "Mondrian" Dress- From Philadelphia to Monaco

There are so many wonderful examples of fashion, of film costumes, ceremonial wear and clothes from her everyday life.  In my opinion clothes are simply not designed or created as beautifully as they were in the 1950s and 1960s. Even if you weren’t a Grace Kelly or movie fan (really?) this exhibit is still completely exhilarating from a fashion perspective.

You have to make plans to see this wonderful exhibit quickly. It closes to the public on Sunday, January 26th. Sort out your weekend travel plans now and get ready to drive to Doylestown, PA to take in this magnificent display of fashion. But, if you really want to send the exhibit off in style you could attend the Last Look party on January 27th. It’s a final viewing cocktail party and there will also be some fabulous fashions unveiled by 4 designers from the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. It’s a great way to combine a love for vintage fashion and contemporary fashion!  You can find out more and by tickets here.

I’ve adored Grace Kelly since I was a young girl. She embodied everything that I wanted to be. Even now that I’ve realized at 32 I will not probably be a movie star and I certainly won’t be a princess, Grace Kelly is still a model for me. Grace Kelly was a lovely person inside and out and the exhibit From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY- Beyond the Icon makes tangible in person Kelly’s graceful legacy.

Kari Liked: EVERYTHING!

Kari Didn’t Like: There is nothing at all negative to say about this exhibit.

The exhibition features several iconic costumes Grace Kelly wore in Hollywood films such as To Catch a Thief, Mogambo, The Swan and High Society. image © Natalie Wi.
The exhibition features several iconic costumes Grace Kelly wore in Hollywood films such as To Catch a Thief, Mogambo, The Swan and High Society. image © Natalie Wi.

He Said:

From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY- Beyond the Icon now on display at the Michener Art Museum reminds you of the grandeur and style of Grace Kelly, but also shows you the smaller things that are often forgotten.

Being a fan of great fashion, there were several dresses that amazed me.  One of my favorite dresses was from her days attending balls as Princess of Monaco was a beautiful white gown with embroidered flowers on it.  My other favorite dress was worn at the World’s Fair in Montreal.  It was black, but covered in these three dimensional flowers that were really breathtaking.

The He Said She Said Experience: Grace Kelly Montreal Dress: From Philadelphia to Monaco

What really struck me were some of the other items in the exhibit.  There were some really vibrant foreign language movie posters, and even the soundtrack from High Society is on display.  There were also cute little letters from other royalty including Princess Diana.  The quotes from Grace that were up on the walls were neat to see too.  One thing that stood out to me was a loop of home movies that she shot that plays at one point in the exhibit.  It shows a great mix of her fashion at home, and just how much she loved her family.

I couldn’t even talk about everything that was dazzling in this exhibit.  I’m just sad it’s going to be gone so soon.

RJ Liked: The home movies, and other objects

RJ Didn’t Like: That it can’t be on display for longer!

The exhibition traces Grace Kelly’s romance with Prince Rainier, and showcases the outfit that she wore for her civil marriage ceremony. The beige lace and dusty rose silk suit was designed by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose. The exhibition traces Grace Kelly’s romance with Prince Rainier, and showcases the outfit that she wore for her civil marriage ceremony. The beige lace and dusty rose silk suit was designed by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose
The exhibition traces Grace Kelly’s romance with Prince Rainier, and showcases the outfit that she wore for her civil marriage ceremony. The beige lace and dusty rose silk suit was designed by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose. The exhibition traces Grace Kelly’s romance with Prince Rainier, and showcases the outfit that she wore for her civil marriage ceremony. The beige lace and dusty rose silk suit was designed by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose

( The Michener Musuem provided complimentary media tickets for this post, however all opinions are our own. All images, unless otherwise noted are by The He Said She Said Experience. )

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