I promised to show you six months ago, so I guess it's high time I did...
I actually wanted to post it on June 1st, to give the children in you a princess for the International Children's Day. But I got distracted last week, and instead did some more prosaic things, like sewing and watching The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett. :-)
The book tells the story of Grace Kelly's life and shows her clothes, with short sidetracks to some of the designers "whom" she wore. It's not a book that traces history of clothing, rather it's a pretty "coffee table book" that gives you inspiration... and I love that. It's nice to have some simply pretty books; plus the Grace Kelly style is very classic. So I want to thank Jennie Chancey from Sense & Sensibility again, for hosting the giveaway and thus allowing me to win the book. In the meantime, I showed it to many female members of my family... because it's just too beautiful a thing to keep to myself!
When I showed the book to my mom, she liked this dress, and I thought, I must show it to her mom, my Wonderful Crafty Grandma, because she'd surely also like the dress. And I was right, she did!
My favourite page is this, though. An article that tells you what clothes to pack when you travel. Even though the clothing conventions are different today, I still think there are some helpful tips there.
This is an illustration of a McCall's pattern that one of Grace Kelly's dresses was made from - the dress she wore when she met Prince Rainier for the first time. Variant A. I like the dress a lot. The neckline is very becoming, don't you think?
And this! The neckline, namely. Much like what Atlanta did to the damaged neckline of a 50s bridal dress she sells in her Etsy shop. Which, by the way, I love, and almost would want to wear as my wedding dress one day, if it fit me. It's nice to see similar style really worn by a real woman (if a Hollywood actress) in 1950s!
Grace Kelly's cathedral wedding gown seems to be rather well known - this was her civil wedding ensemble. I like it even more than that big dress. It's so... demure.
One regal photo for good measure.
And one cute.