Grace Kelly is unquestionably one of the top style icons of the 20th century, and the much anticipated movie, Grace of Monaco, focuses on a year in the life of this 20th century iconic, glamorous Princess…
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There’s been rather a lot of fuss surrounding the recent Royal tour of Australia by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which has centred most particularly on Kate Middleton and her outfits. A princess who captures the imagination of the people wherever she goes, touches their hearts with her warmth, natural beauty and style, is a princess who cements her place in history.
So it was with Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.
Grace Kelly is unquestionably one of the top style icons of the 20th century, and the much anticipated movie, Grace of Monaco, focuses on a year in the life of this 20th century iconic, glamorous Princess. 1962 was a crossroads year for the Princess, a year in which she strived to reconcile her past and her present as she battled with a yearning to return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Rainier III.
Thanks to EntertainmentOne, Into Vintage got the scoop on the movie’s costume designer, Gigi LePage. Gigi is self-taught and has worked with director Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose) for more than eighteen years. “We understand one another without having to use words” she says. “The minute he throws me into a project, my imagination takes off and I can’t wait to get started.” She worked for a year and a half on Grace of Monaco, painstakingly reconstructing the glamour of the fashion of the 1960’s and working closely with the star of the film, Nicole Kidman. “We had a hard time finding authentic clothes,” she says. “We did a tremendous amount of research, pouring through the archives of the great stylists of the period.” The House of Dior re-created some of the original dresses worn by Grace Kelly for the film that were designed by Dior’s then creative director, Marc Bohan – a great admirer of Grace.
Gigi assembled a veritable ‘atelier’ of haute couture pieces for the production and put together the 49 different outfits worn by Nicole for the title role.
The movie is due for release in cinemas June 5 Australia-wide – you could see it for free!
For further information about the film visit the EntertainmentOne website http://au.eonefilms.com/films/grace-of-monaco
Image of Princess Grace courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Author ABC