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Old 04-24-2010, 07:56 AM
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An article about the exhibition with some detailed comments about some of the costumes. This confirms the wedding dress isn't in the exhibition stating it's too fragile to travel.

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makes me puke

I think that is a load of rubbish, if the dress was so fragile how come it travelled ok to the main exhibits of which the last was in russia just recently, again the uk misses out, this exhibition is nothing but a cut down version of what we should of had, why did london not get the big one that went to other countries, what a joke!!!, what also makes me laugh is the way the papers and news have been jumping all over the exhibition like they care so much about grace's memory , what a pile of crap, when was there last a film or documentry of graces on uk tv, do they ever mark her death , no they dont, neither do the papers not a mention of it ever, even on the 25th anniversay of her death there was no mention of it on tv or in any paper here in the uk, they make me sick and will do anything for a bit of tv recognition.

I have many friends in hollywood who have told me that hardly anyone on the street there recognises grace if they are shown a picture and asked to identify her, just goes to show that grace was disowned by hollywood when she left for monaco, they shuned her and no one even knows who she was, grace was right when she said how fickle hollywood is, glad she got out and moved to europe where her heritage was, even her german heritage was hidden from the american audience so they wouldnt hate her after the war, americans are so damn fickle, grace was irish/german not american, the soil you are born on is not your dna.
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I think that is a load of rubbish, if the dress was so fragile how come it travelled ok to the main exhibits of which the last was in russia just recently, again the uk misses out, this exhibition is nothing but a cut down version of what we should of had, why did london not get the big one that went to other countries, what a joke!!!, what also makes me laugh is the way the papers and news have been jumping all over the exhibition like they care so much about grace's memory , what a pile of crap, when was there last a film or documentry of graces on uk tv, do they ever mark her death , no they dont, neither do the papers not a mention of it ever, even on the 25th anniversay of her death there was no mention of it on tv or in any paper here in the uk, they make me sick and will do anything for a bit of tv recognition.

I have many friends in hollywood who have told me that hardly anyone on the street there recognises grace if they are shown a picture and asked to identify her, just goes to show that grace was disowned by hollywood when she left for monaco, they shuned her and no one even knows who she was, grace was right when she said how fickle hollywood is, glad she got out and moved to europe where her heritage was, even her german heritage was hidden from the american audience so they wouldnt hate her after the war, americans are so damn fickle, grace was irish/german not american, the soil you are born on is not your dna.
Your remarks are a bit strident.
When you say Grace was Irish/German is racial backround a weapon? She was by her passport an American;because she was all American and acted in the films of America and went to Europe because Prince Rainier got a dowry out her that nobody else was willing to give.
As far as this exhibition I think the Grace idolatry has gone too far. It is a bit like the The King Tut exhibition and as far as I am concerned- Monaco which has never played any of her movies at all-ever talk about fickle- should have a museum of her clothes there permanently.Why would anybody mark her twenty fifth anniversary death? Did she win the Nobel prize?
In a sense Grace was decorative piece in the backdrop of humanity- except for her Hollywood career. The Brits never liked Grace .... and her memory is now in a transitional phase.They rarely gave her credit for anything -not even beauty.Strange lot.
Sometimes I wonder if Monaco has not disowned her twenty eight years after her death- no permanent museum of her clothes or playing of her movies in a yearly cine retrospective. I think Monaco started the forgetting first and then alll the rest followed.
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:43 AM
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A thoughtful & quite subdued review of the exhibition

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I haven't visited yet - what are folks impressions so far?
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A hotel suite in Cannes, France, has been dedicated to Princess Grace!

Prince Albert today unveiled the plaque of a new suite of the InterContinental
Carlton Hotel, called with the name of his mother Princess Grace/Grace Kelly
on May 3, 2010 in Cannes on the French riviera. The 338-room luxury hotel,
built in 1909, was a central location for the Alfred Hitchcock film 'To Catch a
Thief' starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.


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A hotel suite in Cannes, France, has been dedicated to Princess Grace!

Prince Albert today unveiled the plaque of a new suite of the InterContinental
Carlton Hotel, called with the name of his mother Princess Grace/Grace Kelly
on May 3, 2010 in Cannes on the French riviera. The 338-room luxury hotel,
built in 1909, was a central location for the Alfred Hitchcock film 'To Catch a
Thief' starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.


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Thanks for the pics iceflower
Quite a shrewd business move on the part of the Hotel and what a tribute to this lady.!
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Thanks for the pics iceflower
Quite a shrewd business move on the part of the Hotel and what a tribute to this lady.!
So true, Jaya
can u just imagine the price of this suite
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Some more pics of the hotel suite - very elegant

Carlton Princess Grace suite
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:24 AM
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I think this wasn't posted:

Prince Albert in the Inauguration of the Grace Kelly suite in the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes, May 3rd.
The suite is decorated with portraits of Princess Grace.

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when I went to the royal albert and victoria museum
I was really disappointed , why do they have to gram everything into a small space they did it with queen maud of Norways clothes as well , thought it was really bad by A&V
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Does anyone know about the wedding gift that Princess Grace received from her father in law, Prince Pierre? It was a tear drop shaped pearl topped with a little crown. I think that I remember reading that this necklace was one of her favorites. Any pictures anyone? Probably this is in the exhibit.
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Old 05-15-2010, 02:40 PM
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Thank you for posting this. It is so true, & eloquently explains why Grace will continue to be remembered as an icon of style for future generations. Welcome to the forum too Mville !
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Thank you for the article MVille. Very eloquently written.

I have taken from the article "The Art of Style" what I feel true fashion style that transcends time. And why Princess Grace fashion sense comes across many decades later as current. I think two other icons follow this fashion sense and they are Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy

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Written by Valerie Louvet

What is style?

“There is a transient factor about fashion today which is not what I am looking for” notes Dillys, “I prefer pieces that are timeless, appropriate to the event and above all compliment the wearer,” Here Dillys notes, “getting dressed today should be an art. It should represent who you are and accentuate your qualities.”

Why does the iconic look of Grace Kelly’s style still fascinate people today,

it because this classical elegance has such a strong appeal that today’s generation of trend setting women, like Dillys see the beautiful simplicity of a well made dress that can be worn over and over without ever losing its qualities of grace and classical splendor.


Clearly, no matter what style fashion may dictate there will be women like Mademoiselle Wright whose sense of style is timeless, elegant and above all exudes grace.
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[QUOTE=gkuk;1073163]I think that is a load of rubbish, if the dress was so fragile how come it travelled ok to the main exhibits of which the last was in russia just recently, again the uk misses out, this exhibition is nothing but a cut down version of what we should of had, why did london not get the big one that went to other countries, what a joke!!!, what also makes me laugh is the way the papers and news have been jumping all over the exhibition like they care so much about grace's memory , what a pile of crap, when was there last a film or documentry of graces on uk tv, do they ever mark her death , no they dont, neither do the papers not a mention of it ever, even on the 25th anniversay of her death there was no mention of it on tv or in any paper here in the uk, they make me sick and will do anything for a bit of tv recognition.

Actually, as a former staff member at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (who owns the dress), it is very very fragile. It was loaned for limited venues with "time off" between certain venues to give the fabric a rest. Why? because the bodice is lace and it supports a much heavier under skirt etc. I would suggest, since I did not work in the Dept of Costumes and Textiles that you buy the catalogue which explains why the dress is fragile and why it can only have limited travel.

Grace by the way was on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine last month so if the current generation didn't know her, they do now.
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I think that is a load of rubbish, if the dress was so fragile how come it travelled ok to the main exhibits of which the last was in russia just recently, again the uk misses out, this exhibition is nothing but a cut down version of what we should of had, why did london not get the big one that went to other countries, what a joke!!!, what also makes me laugh is the way the papers and news have been jumping all over the exhibition like they care so much about grace's memory , what a pile of crap, when was there last a film or documentry of graces on uk tv, do they ever mark her death , no they dont, neither do the papers not a mention of it ever, even on the 25th anniversay of her death there was no mention of it on tv or in any paper here in the uk, they make me sick and will do anything for a bit of tv recognition.

I have many friends in hollywood who have told me that hardly anyone on the street there recognises grace if they are shown a picture and asked to identify her, just goes to show that grace was disowned by hollywood when she left for monaco, they shuned her and no one even knows who she was, grace was right when she said how fickle hollywood is, glad she got out and moved to europe where her heritage was, even her german heritage was hidden from the american audience so they wouldnt hate her after the war, americans are so damn fickle, grace was irish/german not american, the soil you are born on is not your dna.
I'm trying to understand this -you complain that the newspapers jumped all over each other to cover the exhibit and then go on to say that no one in the UK talks about Princess Grace and no one cares about Princess Grace.... As for Hollywood, just last year there was a huge event which Prince Albert II attended honoring Princess Grace as a style icon. Not long ago TCM had her as their featured star with a whole month dedicated to her movies. And Hollywood certainly did not "shun" her; on the contrary her movie star friends came to Monaco constantly after her marriage; Carey Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Mr Frank Sinatra etc vacationed there every year. As for people on the street -who cares? Does the bimbo or beach bum on the street know a picture of James Dean, Marlon Brando, Bill Holden or Donna Reed when they see one? And why in the world would they "hide" that Princess Grace had German blood on her mother's side because of the war when there were actors, singers etc who were *born in Germany* who opposed Nazism, embraced the US and were applauded?

In any event, by your criteria, even the British would not be "British" but Norman-French and Saxon-German. It's just silly. Evidently some people in Europe still don't get it -that is what being "American" is all about; it is no one nationality, anyone of any background can be an American whether by being born here or becoming a citizen. Now please, can we have some standards and not speak ill of the dead.

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I can assure you that any serious person in the film industry knows who Grace Kelly is. She made 3 films with Alfred Hitchcock. He was a pioneer in the industry and is still considered to be one of the best directors ever. He made her a superstar. Rear Window is an awesome film on so may different levels.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:46 PM
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I visited the London exhibition on Saturday, & thought I would share my thoughts.
Having read that this was a much scaled down affair in comparison to the earlier exhibitions, I was pleasantly surprised to see the outfits that were included. Apart from the wedding dress (which of course is a major omission) & the "ball of the century" gown, most of the exhibits were the famous outfits. These ranged from her years as an actress (several from High Society for example), her engagement/official wedding ceremony & honeymoon costumes, through to outfits worn at various stages in her life as Princess (including Zubiaur's favourite fairytale pink gown, the Kennedy meeting & her 25th wedding anniversary). In total I would say there were about 40 costumes on display. Whether it was because there were far fewer exhibits than when the exhibition was in Monaco, I found myself noting a few costumes I hadn't taken in before such as the sculptured jersey gown from the Snowdon photoshoot - which looks black & white in the portrait but is actually brown & cream, & the Yves Saint Laurent dress which Grace wore for Diana's first public engagement.
However, I have several gripes as well....
Firstly the way the costumes were exhibited. The Oscar ensemble showed the coat covering most of the dress, so no sense of the drapes or the bustle back. In fact none of the costumes revolved so it was impossible to fully appreciate the detailing of many of the outfits (surely a museum such as the V& A should know how to exhibit clothes!)
Secondly the explanation boards provided a minimal amount of information either about the costumes/designers or indeed any real context to enhance the experience for the more casual visitor. I took 4 friends along & provided a few anecdotes/informative snippets & found I was gathering a little tour party!
Finally,there was very little jewellery (surprising to me as the exhibition was sponsored by Van Cleef) & few examples of the accessories which were so important to creating what the title of the exhibition promoted about Grace - her style.
Overall I did enjoy the chance to see the exhibition again but it also made me realise that Monaco's tribute was more satisfying not because it was on a much grander scale, but because it was as much about the woman who was Grace as the clothes she wore. Please Monaco create a permanent museum for Grace.
I'd be interested to know what other people who have visited the exhibition thought of it.
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An article stating why the latest version of the exhibition doesn't do justice to the magic of Grace.

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Does anyone know if the exhibition is scheduled for another venue after London? ( Personally I wish it would go home to Monaco & find a permanent home, perhaps as part of the new national museum).
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