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Edith And The Princess - A True Fairy Tale

The beauty of Grace and Edith Head’s partnership is that they consistently conjure up feelings of “once upon a time,” and “happily ever after.”

January 2, 2024

Once upon a time, there lived an actress named Grace Kelly who had smooth blonde hair, wore white leather gloves, and made an array of subtle pastel hues into a fashion sensation.

Grace had many characteristics and qualities of a real-life Cinderella – she even had a fashion fairy godmother, Edith Head, who could turn her from a deprived housewife in The Country Girl to the belle of the ball in To Catch A Thief.

Edith’s designs accented Grace’s natural beauty, and perfectly framed her charm and wholesomeness. The actress and the costume designer worked on four films together: Rear Window, The Bridges of Toko-Ri, The Country Girl, and To Catch A Thief. The costumes featured in Rear Window, where Grace plays socialite Lisa Freemont, add luxury and decoration to the stark and banal world of L.B. Jefferies’ apartment – her fashions always added an element of escapism, which is one of the reasons why the costumes in her films created such fan-fare.

Edith and Grace also collaborated on her Oscar-winning gown, which Grace wore to the New York premiere of The Country Girl – a pale sea-foam green-blue French double duchess satin affair with spaghetti stapes, fitted bodice, and a draped skirt that tappers down to the hem, completed by a train that lightly trails in her wake. The dress cost $4,000 in 1955, making it one of the award show’s most expensive garments, thus transforming the ceremony into a high-end fashion event that has grown into one of the industry’s most valuable ways of marketing – marrying fashion with celebrity.

Edith’s designs for Grace are timeless, even a gold lame 18th century-style gown, with all of its drama, puts construction first with light accents second to keep the actress and the design balanced rather than competing with each other.

The beauty of Grace and Edith Head’s partnership is that they consistently conjure up feelings of “once upon a time,” and “happily ever after.”

Julien’s is currently offering an original Edith Head costume illustration for a Grace Kelly dress from the production of the Hitchcock thriller To Catch a Thief – the illustration was even featured in the book Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl.

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