November 26, 2011

A Legacy in One Word

It's perfect timing that the Princess Grace Exhibit is currently showing at the TIFF Lightbox here in Toronto until Jan. 22, 2012. My mom and I went to see it yesterday.

The exhibit presented a lot of her gowns and outfits particularly her famous Wedding dress, Engagement dress and the 1965 YSL mondrian dress. With everything she did, she simply exudes grace and elegance.

Photos are not allowed in the exhibit area but at least permitted in the TIFF lobby.

Other things shown in the exhibit were the posters of her movies as well as her scripts from films such as High Society and Rear Window. There were also letters from Alfred Hitchcock and Bing Crosby. The exhibit also contained theatre related articles including playbills from her shows. I recall seeing Damn Yankees and Gigi. But the most exciting thing for me was a letter from the Bucks County Playhouse confirming her contract with them in the play Torch Bearers where she was paid $50/week! Imagine that!

They also had her telegrams from friends and family congratulating her for her Oscar nomination as well as her Academy and SAG ID

Another highlight is her Oscar dress (as shown above) where she won for Country Girl as well as her Oscar statue. Also featured is her now famous Hermes Kelly bag, which started the trend that is still revered until now by fashionistas. Also very interesting to see is the dress she wore for a photo shoot in Monaco when she first met Prince Rainier. Indeed a pivotal moment in her life.

I wasn't aware that she was an avid artist and ventured in photography as well as press flower collage. There were numerous photos taken by her at the set of her movies as well as home movies of her kids and some of her friends. In fact, there was even one with Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas. It's an interesting look at the inner soul of an iconic woman.

The Grace Kelly merch at the gift shop

The TIFF lobby

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