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A style icon: How to dress like American actress Grace Kelly

By LLM Reporters  |  March 4, 2020

Words by Amrit Mann

The rare beauty that was Grace Kelly, or as you may know her, Princess Grace of Monaco, was the epitome of elegance and glamour, someone to admire and aspire to, and we are here to cherish her iconic cinematic looks.

After moving to New York City to pursue acting, Kelly joined the era of the 1950s Golden Age of Hollywood. A Golden Globe winner, this actress found herself in some of the greatest movies in American film history. She plays the sophisticated socialite in Rear Window (1954), a love interest who frolics on the beaches of the French Riviera in To Catch a Thief (1955) and a divorcee in the musical High Society (1956).

However, this blonde Hollywood style icon left her career on the screen and lived the ultimate princess fantasy after meeting Prince Rainer III of Monaco and soon became Princess Grace of Monaco in 1956. Kelly remains as one of the most elegant women in the world and cinematic history with her dress sense oozing with glamour. Today we celebrate her iconic looks that she served as an actress.

Rear Window (1954)

Kelly plays Lisa Fremont, a sophisticated socialite who visits her photographer boyfriend L.B ‘Jeff’ Jefferies who is constricted in his Greenwich Village apartment in a wheelchair. Her entrance in the movie has been called ‘the most perfect entrance made by an actress on film and this is portrayed in her first look. She wears a deep sweetheart neckline top, a full white skirt cinched in at the waist and the most elegant pearl necklace, thanks to costume designer, Edith Head.

To recreate this look at home, purchase the Brunello Cucinelli Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt and pair it with this stunning Elisabetta Franchi Off-shoulder Glitter Detail Bodysuit.

To Catch a Thief (1955)

In another Alfred Hitchcock movie Kelly plays Frances, daughter of a wealthy widow in romantic thriller, To Catch a Thief. Again, in this cinematic creation, the legendary Head designs all costumes for Kelly to wear.

To recreate Grace Kelly’s whimsical asymmetric blue dress, wear the Marchesa Notte Floral Asymmetric Gown with the Hunting Season Envelope Clutch. This exemplary look became an historic moment for the blonde beauty.

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Grace plays another wealthy socialite named Margot in another of Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic creations. In this crime mystery movie, it is apparent that Kelly’s wardrobe becomes darker within the film on purpose. Hitchcock wanted her in bright colours to portray her happy life at the beginning, which is where her striking red gown comes in.

To recreate this grand, bold look Kelly sports, wear the Amur Deana Pleated Chiffon Maxi Skirt with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti Hanna Bow Mules.

High Society (1956)

In this romantic musical, Kelly is joined by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby for her final film feature. She plays a socialite named Tracy Samantha Lord in this remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940). Another blue creation became a statement amongst her movie looks, she wore a voluminous striped dress adorned with bows and matching mule shoes.

To recreate this outfit worn by Tracy, choose the Marchesa Notte Off the Shoulder Flared Gown with Gia Couture Lizzo Bow Mules.

Image at the very top of the article: Studio publicity still of Grace Kelly for the film Rear Window (1954) – Paramount publicity photographer, Dr. Macro.