Today, after waiting for many weeks, I finally decided to venture with a good friend, to see the Grace Kelly exhibit at the TIFF Lightbox. Unsure what to expect, I went in with an open mind and walked out in pure bliss.
When I first walk in, the larger than life photo of Grace is breathtaking and the wall of magazine covers, immediately grabs my attention I then, get a rush of excitement, as I am about to see items of a historical fashion icon. Not only was she a fashion icon, known for wearing a lot of Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, but she was also known for her poise and grace. She had a quality that still managed to differ her from other icons of her time, like Audrey Hepburn and Marylin Monroe.
Letters from her past, were very sentimental and showed how much people enjoyed and adored her in their life. There were many photos placed all over the walls, many of which you would not be able to find elsewhere. As well, movies played clips from some movies she starred in, and also some other footage around her life as a Princess. The gloves, the hats, the glasses and the jewelry were all exuding an essence of her character.
Grace Kelly was known for many different dresses, the “Oscar” dress, the “Engagement” dress and her own Wedding dress were only a few of which they had at the exhibit. The Wedding dress had its own personal room, with video footage of her marrying the Prince of Monaco. To top off the wonderful Edith Head original, that Grace wore to the Oscars in 55’, there was her actual Oscar won for her role in “The Country Girl”.
The very last part of the exhibit is home video footage, which was taken of Grace Kelly and her family, at home and on vacations. It really opens your eyes and makes you realize that this woman truly lived the life everyone wants. She made a career for herself and successfully settled down and had children, all with her classic poise and grace.