Grace Kelly: Enduring Style Icon

The elegant beauty continues to inspire
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2010 10:56 AM CDT
Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly leave her New York apartment in this Jan. 6, 1956 file photo.   (AP Photo/Tom Fitzsimmons)
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(Newser) – Grace Kelly took Hollywood by storm quite suddenly, then disappeared just as suddenly to become a princess—but she remained a style icon. As that style is celebrated in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Vanity Fair charts Kelly’s rise from Philadelphia schoolgirl to Academy Award-winning movie star, and takes an extensive look at her enduring influence in the world of fashion.

Kelly, who grew up in a rich and powerful family similar to the Kennedys, always wore white gloves to auditions. One editor remembers her “sweater-and-tartan-skirt look” as “almost schoolgirlish.” As she spent more time in New York, recalls her best friend, her look became more “chic”; by 1955, the year she won her Oscar, she topped the Best-Dressed List. Today, that look continues to inspire designers from Tommy Hilfiger to the Mad Men costume designer: “The simplicity, it is so classic," she says, "but it’s always dramatic.”

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