What Would Grace Wear?

See how to recreate Grace Kelly's iconic style

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Words by Síomha Connolly
July 16th, 2016

Hollywood star turned Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly always maintained a classic elegance no matter her role. Her outfits are some of the most iconic in fashion history. Still to this day, more than sixty years since she got married, Grace’s wedding dress is one of the best-remembered celebrity wedding dresses of all time. On the eve of the 60th anniversary of High Society, perhaps Grace’s most memorable film as it was her last before she became Princess of Monaco, we take a look back at some of Grace’s most memorable moments and, of course, outfits. Here are some facts you might not know about Grace Kelly:

1.     The Helen Rose ball gown worn by Kelly in the dancing scene with Frank Sinatra in High Society was almost auctioned to a millionaire for his daughter to wear at her graduation ball. The Newbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons in Kildare, Ireland acquired this dress where it is now on display.

2.    The ring worn by soon-to-be Princess Grace in High Society was not a prop. It was, in fact, the 10.47 carat Cartier diamond engagement ring given to her in real life by fiancé Prince Rainier of Monaco.

3.    Grace Kelly’s wedding dress commission was the most sought after job at the time and subsequently she was gifted many garments by leading designers she had worked with. Helen Rose (Head of Costume Design at MGM) was ultimately selected to create the wedding gown and Edith Head (Head of Costume Design at Paramount Pictures) was given the task of creating Kelly’s outfit for her arrival at Monaco just before the wedding.

4.    Princess Grace had ties to Ireland as her grandfather John Peter Kelly emigrated from Co. Mayo in 1887 and settled in Philadelphia. Grace visited Ireland on three occasions, her first being in 1961 as an official state visit accompanied by Prince Rainier.

5.   During her lunch meeting with President Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy at the White House on May 24, 1961, it is reported that the President asked Princess Grace if she was wearing a Givenchy creation. Startled, she replied that he was correct and enquired to know how he had guessed correctly. He replied that people generally paid more attention to Jackie’s fashion than to his speeches so he had had to learn about the topic!

Read on to see how maven46 recreates some of Grace Kelly’s most iconic outfits and put a modern touch on each of them…

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Make like Grace and wear a pair of printed trousers, this pair from S Max Mara are perfectly in-tune with this season’s pyjama-inspired mood. Instead of a ruffle front shirt which can appear dated, opt for an on-trend silk blouse with a pussybow neck tie which you can either tie up in a neat ladylike bow or be left loose for a more modern take on the look. Finish off with a pair of slip-on shoes and slick sunglasses for an easy summer look that we know Grace would approve of.

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Typify this season’s relaxed sensibility with a neutral utility look a lá Grace Kelly. Utilitarian themes took centre stage at the SS16 runway presentations and this silk shirt from Whistles effortlessly blurs the line between elegance and utility. For a directional take, wear it tucked into a pair of similarly hued cotton or linen trousers. Continue the pared-back aesthetic with a pair of flat slides in a shade of brown to accentuate the neutral palette.

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Polo shirts are no longer just for the tennis courts or golf greens as this season they’ve been reworked by everyone from Burberry to Miu Miu and Diane Von Furstenburg. As we all know, trends take decades to come around again, so we’re seeing a look that was worn by Grace Kelly in the ’50s suddenly regain youth as the polo shirt is elevated to fashion fame once again in 2016. The classic polo silhouette is a clever way of adding a touch of smartness to your casual look. Contrary to popular belief, shorts can, in fact, work for every age once you find the right shape. This high-waisted, wide-leg Reiss pair is the perfect balance of both relaxed and refined, with flattering front pleats that will only enhance this smart/casual outfit.

For fans of Grace Kelly and her transcendent style, you can visit the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons who are holding a celebration of Grace Kelly for the 60th anniversary of High Society, one of the star’s most iconic films. Home to some of Grace Kelly’s most memorable style moments, step back in time and revel in the glamour of the silver screen and aristocracy at the Museum of Style Icons. Go and see the collection that transcends the ages and take a look through a history of fashion, the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons is not to be missed.

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