Grace Kelly: Style Icon Ex at the V&A

“Iiiiii have graccccce?”

Elaine’s infamous line on Seinfeld alluded to the fact that being told you have grace is quite possibly one of  the nicest compliments that a woman can receive.

Well now, my dears we can all have Grace.

Erwin Blumenfeld, Portrait of Grace Kelly, New York, 1955. © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld 2009

An exhibition celebrating the style of Grace Kelly opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on April 17th.

Kelly (1929-1982), former actress, princess and fashion’s seductress – holds us captive still with her elegance and her penchant for classic and refined dressing in both her public and private lives.

Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra In 'High Society' 1956 Eric Carpenter/MGM (Kobal Collection)
Grace Kelly with her Oscar ® award, 30 March 1955 © Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The exhibition showcases her metamorphosis from Hollywood actress to European princess through what remains of her clothing.

Prince Rainier and Princess Grace after the civil marriage ceremony, 18 April, 1956 © Rex Features

Included are film costumes, her noted wedding dress and trousseau, along with the couture she wore as Princess of Monaco.

Portrait of Princess Grace on her tenth wedding anniversary, 1966, © Howell Conant/Bob Adelman books Portrait of Princess Grace on her tenth wedding anniversary 1966 © Howell Conant/Bob Adelman books

London is a must this summer if you want a little bit of Grace.

Princess Grace at the Princely Palace About 1960 © Howell Conant/Bob Adelman books

The ex runs until September 26th, 2010.

All images courtesy of the V&A.

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