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Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride (Philadelphia Museum of Art) Paperback – 11 Apr 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (11 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300116446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300116441
  • Product Dimensions: 29.9 x 22.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...a must for stylish brides-to-be.' -- Wedding Day, June, 2006

About the Author

H. Kristina Haugland is Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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Grace Kelly married her prince long before I was born, but I was caught up in the 'fairytale' nature of the wedding from an early age and have been fascinated by Grace Kelly ever since. This book is lovely if you are a fan and is devoted almost entirely to their wedding. There is a lot written about the making of the wedding and bridesmaids' dresses and detailed drawings and photographs. I have enjoyed looking at and reading this book so much.
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I too was too young to remember this wedding but was fascinated by this little book. It gives you lots of background into the fabulous bridal gown, right down to the sketches of it throughout the design process, they are almost blueprints! Lots of facts that make you smile too. It may have been a "Royal" wedding, but like the rest of us mere mortals on such occasions it is comforting to know that Royalty too makes economies by buying bridesmaids accessories from chain stores. This book also personalises the bridesmaids and almost makes you feel as if you might have been there. Makes you a bit sad too that the fabulous gown is in such a bad way, let's hope it can be preserved for many years to come. I for one would love to stand and gaze at it for a while and imagine what it would have been like to catch a glimpse of that legendary fairytale bride.
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This is a wonderful book, full of beautiful photographs and illustrations. A must for anyone studying costume and fashion.
Vinilla Burnham - costume designer.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 30 April 2006
By Louise Kolbeinsen - Published on Amazon.com
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If, like me, you are a huge Grace Kelly fan, you will not want to be without this book.

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!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Grace Kelly fan 19 April 2006
By Brandi Barfield King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are a fan of Princess Grance, then you must have this book! My husband gave it to me as surprise and I must say it is one of the best surprises I have ever received. The book has many photos and goes into much detail about all the aspects of the wedding and the events leading up to it. If there is one book to have about Grace Kelly, this is it!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Depiction of Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress 8 Oct. 2006
By L Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book gives a very detailed representation of Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress. It also gives lots of details of the events leading up to her wedding day. It is not a biography of her life. It focuses on her wedding day and the events leading up to it with the wedding day itself being the culmination.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the True "Princess Grace Wedding" afficionado! 1 July 2007
By Cicers71 - Published on Amazon.com
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I, for one, think that Grace Kelly was the epitome of the most beautiful, elegant brides of the modern edge...even to Princess Diana..that dress and the work that went into it is mindblowing. I've seen the dress in person and it TRULY is BREATHTAKINGLY stunning! The lace, alone, in this modern age (although no longer available) would be over $10K ALONE! I plan to copy some of Grace's elegance in my very own wedding...a Rose Point Lace garter, the beautiful Juliet Cap...all I can say is this: It's not a Grace Kelly Bio--this is strictly dedicated to the dress and it's making: fabrics and laces used and how they were all put together. Truly and informative book besides being a wonderful reference as well as a Keepsake. At LEAST 5 stars on this. Check it out..you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing book about a wedding dress . . . 31 July 2010
By Nab - Published on Amazon.com
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An unparalleled delight for anyone who loves fabric, design or wedding gowns in general, let alone admirers of this particular wedding gown.

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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