Illustration of Grace Kelly’s Wedding Day, 1956. Illustration by Helen Rose. Image Courtesy of Patterned History.
Grace Kelly was from Philadelphia, and became a famous actress during the 1950s. The exhibition traces the unique path Grace Kelly took from Philadelphia to Monaco, highlighting her personal style and journey toward becoming a princess in 1956. Many wonderful objects are on loan from the Palace of Monaco and the Grimaldi Forum, including: letters, photographs, awards, couture fashion, film clips, playbills.
Illustration of Grace Kelly’s Costume for High Society by Helen Rose. Image Courtesy of Patterned History.
Throughout the month of November, the museum is offering lectures and workshops that explore Grace Kelly and the fashion of her era. I will be giving a talk and workshop on Sunday, November 24th on fashion illustration from the 1940s-1960s. Here is an abstract of the program:
Illustration was a major component of the fashion industry during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Everything from advertisements, magazine articles, to design concepts was the product of illustrators of the day. This lecture will explore the importance of fashion illustration during these three decades. A focus will be on analyzing the style and career of major illustrators Rene Gruau, Christian Berard, and others. Following the lecture, a workshop will be given on drawing the fashion figure.Illustration of Grace Kelly’s costume for Rear Window. Illustration by Edith Head. Image courtesy of C Sebastion.