Co-organised by the Galaxy Entertainment Group Foundation and Grimaldi Forum of Monaco, the exhibition traces the story of legendary movie star Grace Kelly (1929-1982), from her Hollywood days as an Oscar-winning actress, to become Princess of Monaco. With their diplomatic flair and star power, the royal couple – Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace – introduced the second smallest country in the world onto the international stage, while at the same time captured the hearts of the people of Monaco and the rest of the world.
On display are fashion pieces, jewellery items and accessories, photos and moving images from the collections of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. The exhibition will take you from Grace Kelly’s Hollywood acting days to her palace life in Monaco. Exhibits include photographs and moving images of Grace Kelly with public figures, celebrities and royalties, her Oscar award, her wedding gown, the eponymous Hermes Kelly bag and her favourite jewellery pieces designed and crafted by Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, highlighted with a rare print of Grace Kelly by Andy Warhol, an iconic figure in the “Pop Art” movement.
Inspired by the iconic Grace Kelly, artists from around the world in different art forms – created their works with her as their muse: Visual Art – Andy Warhol, with his unique pop art image of Grace Kelly; Film – Alfred Hitchcock, with his series of films starring Grace Kelly; Photography – famous photographers, from Phillipe Halsman, Yousuf Karsh to Howell Conant, with Grace Kelly as their subject; and Fashion – haute couture by famous fashion houses, designed along her signature style to become the “Grace Kelly Look". Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, designed by the renowned costume designer Helen Rose in 1956, is still being cited as one of “the most famous bridal gowns ever worn”.