AN ExhIBITIoN AT CHRiSTIAn DIOr MUSEuM WILL pAY AN HOMaGE TO ThE PRINcESS GrACE Of MONaCO

Text by: Annarosa Laureti

Blondie, simply beautiful, with an innocent look but with a truly vulcano in her, she stole lots of great men’s hearts – Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, James Stewart, David Niven, Bing Crosby and again Clark Gable, Ray Milland and, of course Alfred Hitchcock – until been caught from United States and, above all from Hollywood, by the Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956.

Never completely accustomed to court life, she decided, however, to quit the acting career, forget her American past as Grace Kelly and devote herself to the new beloved family as Grace of Monaco.

Although the no happy ending – she died at 52 in a car crash – her fairy tale seems to be never-ending and for sure Grace still lives in our hearts, and she will do forever, as a legendary figure and a fashion icon too.

Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Autumn–Winter 1968 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Autumn–Winter 1971 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Autumn–Winter 1968 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Spring–Summer 1967 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Spring–Summer 1967 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Autumn–Winter 1968 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Autumn–Winter 1971 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Autumn–Winter 1968 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Spring–Summer 1967 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. Spring–Summer 1967 Haute Couture. Palais princier de Monaco collection. © Laziz Hamani
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From that first famous dress tailor made by Dior’s ateliers and worn for the ball given for her engagment with Prince Rainier at Waldorf-Astoria in New York, in fact, Grace of Monaco chose the French maison not only for public events but also for daily life.

Shortly, a simple business affair became an authentic and sincere bond enought to make Marc Bohan a close Princess’s friend.“She was emblematic of my style, a style that captured attention but was never aggressive” Marc Bohan confided in an unpublished interview.

Grace of Monaco was also the patron of Baby Dior label and inaugurated the first children’s boutique in Avenue Montaigne, Paris, in 1967.

The retrospective, well-finished in details, presents also official portraits – such as that of Yousuf Karsh, in the “Colinette” haute couture dress from the Fall Winter 1956/1957 collection designed by the founder couturier – photographs, media reports, sketches, excerpts from news films, correspondence letters with the House and ideas for party settings by the decorator and theater costume designer André Levasseur.

Finally a celebrative book, written by the very exhibition curator Florence Müller and Frédéric Mitterrand, will narrate this dreamy fashion love and all of its anecdotes.

 

“Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior”
Christian Dior Museum, Granville
From April 27 to November 17

 

Cover: Grace of Monaco, circa 1967 © Photo 12/Picture Alliance