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Sketch of Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress

1956
Helen Rose, (American, 1904–1985) Made for Grace Kelly, (American (Philadelphia), 1929–1982)
Shrouded in mystery and protected by tight security for months, the design of Grace Kelly's wedding dress was revealed two days before the religious wedding ceremony. Helen Rose's sketch reflects the bridal aesthetic she developed from her extensive experience creating both on- and off-screen nuptial wear: she preferred soft ivory rather than pure white, favored traditional long sleeves and high necklines, and believed the back of the dress should be a focal point, since it is on view while the bride stands at the altar. This design, she noted, was also intended to complement the actress's personality-simple, elegant, and feminine. To ensure that the bride's beauty would not be obscured, the designer covered Grace Kelly's famous face with only a single layer of unadorned tulle....

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