Monday, May 18, 2009


The much-copied wedding gown of Princess Grace of Monaco was designed by Helen Rose, wardrobe designer at MGM. The MGM Wardrobe Department made the wedding dress as a gift.

At the time, film star Grace Kelly was tied to an MGM contract for another 7 years. To get out of her 7 year contract with MGM, Grace Kelly had to agree to the wedding being filmed by MGM for worldwide distribution, a decision which she later regretted.

The wedding gown was made from antique Valenciennes point de rose lace, twenty-five yards of silk taffeta and ninety eight yards of tulle. Her veil was covered with appliquéd lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls. Work on the gown spanned six weeks by three dozen seamstresses.

Prince Rainier designed his Napoleonic-influenced dress uniform himself.

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