Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The first image seen as you walk through the doors is the striking stylized rendition by Andy Warhol which accentuates her fair skin, blond hair and beautiful eyes.
Grace Kelly's style and fashion sense provide the main reason to see this exhibit. Displayed chronologically, the dresses convey her real life fairy tale story spanning from her time in Hollywood through to her reign as "Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco". The beautiful silk aquamarine gown with matching full length coat designed by Edith Head which she wore to the Oscars, and the beige bathing suit coverup by Helen Rose which she lounged in for the movie High Society were the early highlights of the exhibit.
Accompanying this exhibit, TIFF is showing a series of Grace Kelly movies including the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window" costarring Jimmy Stewart as the voyeur who thinks he witnesses a murder. Watching this movie, one is again reminded of Kelly's beauty, grace (pun intended) and style as she parades around in one gorgeous dress after another.
Visiting the Grace Kelly exhibit and then watching her in action in a movie provided good insight into her life. Kelly was actually quite a good actress and it was a shame that her career was so short and even more so that she died so young (from a car crash at age 53).