I don’t know about you, Bettys, but Grace Kelly definitely ranks up there on my list of favorite Old Hollywood style icons—and guess what? Fellow Princess Grace devotees are in luck, because we’ve finally got the chance to take a look at some of her amazing wardrobe pieces up close and in person!
From now through January 26, 2014, the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA will be hosting the exhibit From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly. A look at Grace’s life beyond the fairy tale veneer, from her beginnings as a Philadelphia society girl through her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco—and you know what that means, don’t you? That’s right: Clothes!
Based on a display at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the Michener’s exhibit features both outfits Grace wore in various films and pieces from her life as a princess—including that gorgeous blue satin Edith Head creation she accepted her 1955 Best Actress Oscar for Country Girl. Other items on display include personal objects, letters, photographs, and home movies, as well as film clips, playbills, and souvenirs from her acting career.
Said museum director and CEO Lisa Tremper Hanover to People, “An exhibition that focuses on the depth and breadth of Grace Kelly’s life is an important acknowledgement of her impact on so many facets of the 20th century. Interest in Grace’s compassion, radiance, dignity, and individuality has never waned. The Michener Art Museum is eager to honor this spirit.” Hear, hear!
You’ll have to go a little far afield to visit; Doylestown is about an hour north of Philadelphia and an hour and a half away from New York. If you can make it work, though, it looks like an exhibit not to be missed. Visit the Michener Art Museum’s website for more information.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.