Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride (Philadelphia Museum of Art) Paperback – 11 Apr 2006
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'...a must for stylish brides-to-be.' -- Wedding Day, June, 2006
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H. Kristina Haugland is Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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It goes into detail about Grace's wardrobe, and in particular the wedding dress. I have read a great deal about Grace Kelly, and this book managed to surprise me with quite a bit of new details.
Finally, there are some great pictures of the wedding dress- which is probably the nicest wedding dress in history!
In light of the modern trend of strapless, sometimes even sheer midriff or plunging neckline (good grief, where is the taste!), wedding gowns, the covered-up sophistication and elegance of Grace Kelly's wedding gown may not appeal to some. Yet of all the wedding gowns created for celebrities or royalty, Grace Kelly's gown is both the most beautiful and the most exquisitely suited to the personality of the bride (two runners-up that come to mind are Sarah Ferguson's [the Duchess of York] and Caroline Kennedy's [Schlossberg]).
The deaths of Helen Rose and Princess Grace deprive H. Kristina Haugland of the primary sources of colorful minutia about the dress, and yet the author nevertheless puts together a meticulous and fascinating analysis of the manner in which the famous dress was fabricated. (I was particularly captivated by the explanations of the laces and fabrics.)
Those who sew and design will be enthralled--and the average reader amazed--by the unusual and 'most fearfully and wonderfully' conceived construction of the gown and its underpinnings. The photography is excellent (including the crucial rear view of the dress) and the book even includes diagrams of the various layers of the gown and how the various parts fastened together. (My single disappointment was that there was no recent photograph of the bodice's lace piecing-but that has to be a minor point in light of the excellence of this book.) The remarkable coverage of the visual appeal of the wedding does not stop with the gown, for great attention is given to all Ms. Kelly's wedding apparel as well as her attendants' outfits.
The book concludes with the tale of the afterlife of the gown in the hands of the museum, and in the process recounts the evolution of conservation knowledge and its application to this fragile bit of social history.
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