The April 19, 2010 issue of Newsweek magazine included an article about Grace Kelly‘s clothes. For those of you who don’t know who that is, she was an actress (think “Rear Window” with Jimmy Stewart) who married a prince (literally: Prince Rainier of Monaco). While highly acclaimed as an actress, it was her cool and classic look that got her the most press. Fifty of her outfits are being displayed this week in an exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The title of the exhibition is “Grace Kelly: Style Icon.”
She was an actress for eight years and a political wife for almost 30, but all anyone thinks of when they think of Grace Kelly is how she looked. Granted, she was beautiful and she had a great sense of style that suited her perfectly (no pun intended). But she was also a human being. What do we know of her beyond that?
I remember the “reign” of Jackie Kennedy; I was 11 when her husband was assassinated. She was the fashion icon of the ’60s and beyond. Everyone copied her well-cut clothes and pill-box hat. But, besides being the wife of the 35th president of the United States (and later wife to one of the richest men in the world, Aristotle Onassis) nothing else about her was considered to be newsworthy. Oh, the press regurgitated every bit of information about her that it could find, but their main focus was her style. The week of her husband’s inauguration, it was her picture, not his, that appeared on the cover of Time.