**the originals: grace kelly



My last post was on fashion's "new look," and a new look needs a new icon. It helps to know the original girls that pulled off your aesthetic, and when it comes to looking polished, Grace Kelly offers an elegant example.

The 1950's actress was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Grace Kelly's father was an Olympic gold medalist and a self-made millionaire, and her mother was the first woman to head the Physical Education department at the University of Pennsylvania: it seems as if Grace Kelly was destined for greatness. By the time she graduated from high school, Grace Kelly was involved in acting and dancing, and the "prophecy" section of her yearbook even speculated: “Miss Grace P. Kelly - a famous star of stage and screen.” Grace Kelly began her acting career as a television star and moved to film when she was offered a role opposite of Gary Cooper in High Noon. Kelly later won a Golden Globe Award and her first Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Mongambo, a film starring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. She went on to star in the Alfred Hitchcock film noir, The Rear Window, which won four Academy Award nominations. In her next film, The Country Girl, Kelly won an Academy Award for her unglamorous role as an alcoholic's wife.

Grace Kelly's life sounds like something of a fairytale. She continued to act in films and on television, and in April 1955, she met Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco. In December of the same year, the Prince toured the United States and proposed to Grace Kelly. On April 19, 1956, Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco.

Of course, I'm not much for idolizing movie stars or princesses for the sake of their celebrity alone, but Grace Kelly deserves admiration. Grace Kelly challenged the conception of the "dumb blonde," and in film, she radiates intelligence and composure. In life, Kelly liked to give people the benefit of the doubt. She was known for a calm demeanor and gracious manner, paired with her incredible natural beauty.

As for her style? Timeless and composed, like herself. Always dressed impeccably in well-fitting attire, Grace Kelly often chose long hemlines and a cinched waist. Her staples included white cloves, pearls and her Hermes bag, now appropriately nicknamed "the Kelly bag."

While we cannot know how much of Grace Kelly's style was her own doing, and how much was a product of her role as an actress, celebrity and public figure, the result is undeniably inspiring. Grace Kelly had a sense of style so resolute and unchanging that it's often hard to tell whether photographs of her were taken when she was 19 or 39. It takes a lot of self-awareness to commit to one aesthetic throughout a lifetime, and it seems as if Grace Kelly had just that. More pictures below...

Movie star status...











Favorites...





With Alfred Hitchcock...



Casually stylish...









I love 50's swimwear...





It's all about the accessories...



With Prince Rainer III...





Before the fairytale: at age 18...



Royal portrait on her 10th Wedding Anniversary...



Oh, and my personal Grace Kelly favorite? The Rear Window. It's an Alfred Hitchcock piece on voyeurism that seems particularly relevant considering we live in the age of Facebook...



(Photo credits: T Magazine, Grace Kelly Online, The Guardian, Nina Petronzio's Blog, BygoneBrilliance)

27 comments:

Karoline Kalvø said...

Love your blog, dear. So glad I'm following you. Grace Kelly is the definition of beauty.

Hope you'll visit and follow (if you like) mine as well. I've just started.

Love, always.
Karoline Kalvo

Zarna said...

she was SO gorgeous! i love all of these shots - thanks for sharing :)

Kayla said...

Love her so so much!
You should take a look at her
wedding dress, it is stunning!
xx

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hope you come and follow :)

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Grace Kelly is such a timeless beauty! I admire her style! My favorite is the one in her white bathing suit! So glamorous and chic! xxoxooo

Aissata said...

I love this post. grace kelly is such a beauty. the greatest icon ever

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Christina said...

Always looking forward to your posts! These photos of her are all so amazing, absolutely love the 50's swimwear! Fashion icon #1, without a doubt! Always so beautiful and classy!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Such a classic beauty with the body of a model/athlete (must be daddy's genes). Surely one of the most beautiful women that ever walked the planet.

Kavery said...

There's never been another classic blonde like her.

the line sheet said...

Grace is one of my favorites! Way to pick somebody so awesome. I like your blog a lot! You've got a great eye!

Mumbles said...

It's amazing, she's a truly beauty
amazing pictures
thanks so so much for sharing

♥ Marley

KcomeKarolina said...

she was amazing!



xoxo from rome
K.
http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

Stevia said...

Grace is the embodiment of graceful :)

<3
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Breshna S. said...

she is so stylish and gorgeous!

x,
www.littlefashionnotes.blogspot.com

Kathleen Carla. said...

just came across your blog from BARE Magazine! aand yayy, I'm so happy I found another fellow Berkeley blogger! & we're both part of BARE, hope to meet you soon! ;). And i just love this post, Grace Kelly is definitely a fashion icon..and epitome of classiness. I love the photos you choose too!
Also! am now following your blog :).

<3, Kathleen.

Grace said...

She's such a star!

Love Grace.

jamie-lee said...

Grace Kelly was such a beauty!

jj said...

great post! I love her
visit me and we can follow each other, if you want! :)
xx

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Marina said...

so beautiful!!!!

xx Marina

MissNeira said...

She was so wonderful! awesome post


xoxo
Miss Neira

Gabrielle said...

Love this post on the beauty Grace Kelly. I'm following you now, I hope you follow me too!
xx
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S and O said...

Grace Kelly was very pretty!
I'm glad you did this post on her :D
Xoxo
Sarah

Sarah said...

Grace kelly was so stunning! Always so glamorous and classy.

Bohemian Life said...

I love her, from the first moment I saw her! This love is still stronger and stronger :)
Grace is an amazing and unique style icon! And will be! :)
Nice post!

allaboutedie said...

love your blog that I am now following!!
Please follow mine;

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xx

LaceAndLadders said...

ohh I love Grace Kelly!!!

Your blog is amazing!

Please check mine out www.laceandladders.blogspot.com

follow if you like xx

theTsaritsa said...

I love Grace! She's been a style icon of mine since I was a little girl and watching Rear Window for the first time.

RebeccaRxx said...

Shes a real natual beauty
strawberry-style.blogspot.com x

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