September 22, 2010

Grace Kelly, A Style Icon


While at the Victoria and Albert Museum last May, I couldn't help but pop into the temporary exhibit, Grace Kelly: A Style Icon...okay, let's be honest, I didn't just pop in, I made a bee-line for it!




We're all certainly familiar with Grace's presence in our history as both an actress and as a princess.



         My all time favorite wedding dress!

Throughout her life, one thing is certainly undeniable, she was also a presence within the fashion world and this exhibit is a nice stroll through the history of Grace's life through fashion.  The colors, the details, the silhouettes all speak to the elegance for which she is famous for...



....and certainly, the Hermes bag named in her honor, the Kelly bag, is a must have for any season!


While the daydreamer in me was certainly having fun walking amongst what is essentially Grace's closet, I do find that a nice way to capture memorable fashion within my projects is to create a collection of fashion photography.  Dressing rooms, powder rooms, and quite honestly any prime focal point is a great place to capture a moment in time... and if your "thing" is fashion, then what better way to accentuate your interiors than with a collection of fashion photography!

When I need good fashion photography, there is one stop in New York and that is Staley Wise Gallery.

The collection of Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, and Louise Dahl-Wolfe (just to name a few) allows for amazing photography!  Here are a few of my favorites!

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Dior Ballgown, 1950

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Suzy Parker in Balenciago by the Seine, 1953

Melvin Sokolsky, Saint Germaine Street, Paris, 1963

Melvin Sokolsky, Over New York, 1963

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