Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Grace Kelly was graceful.
She emanated the status and qualities of an icon: white-gloved, elegant, passionate—and frankly sexual. A romantic.
Grace Kelly did not inhabit the world of excess.
She had five years of radiance in Hollywood in the 50s. It was in Rear Window where Grace Kelly achieved her full iconic stature.
In 1954, when Rear Window premiered, Grace Kelly had only been in four films.
She was Hitchock' muse. He found her, he would never replace her.
She was hardly known to the public, and then suddenly she was known - an iconic star.
James Stewart could not take his eyes off her.
Grace, graced us.
Her film career was so brief.
As soon as she arrived', she left to marry her Prince.
When Kelly left Hollywood the whole world wanted her.
She was conservative, discrete.
She was famously loyal to the clothes she bought, and reluctant to throw them away, only purchasing new outfits on a modest scale.
Grace Kelly is remembered as the beautiful American actress who married a European prince, bore him three of the most badly behaved children in Europe, and then died in a tragic car crash in Monaco in 1982 and reportedly suffered a stroke.
The most striking thing about Kelly’s wardrobe is how conservative it was. As one of the most beautiful women in the world, whatever she wore looked sensational, her style was correct, proper, but never adventurous.
She wore what was comfortable, what suited her, not what fashionable. Skirts below the knee, waists nipped in, shoulders broad, and everything is discreet, covered up, classy. Hats + gloves.