29 February 2016

Royal Flashback of the Day: February 29

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I love awards season. Not because of the award shows themselves, mind you; I just like it when the red carpet delivers a fresh batch of award show fashion every weekend. Fantastic cure for a case of the Mondays, you know? Enter Grace Kelly, the perfect topic for an apr├Ęs-Oscars flashback.
Grace attended the 1956 Academy Awards ceremony still in movie star mode, though she was about to move into princess mode. She was on hand to present the Best Actor award to Ernest Borgnine, having taken home the Best Actress statue the previous year in a blue satin gown from costume designer Edith Head. (That dress was a previous Oscars discussion topic here.)
Her gown for the 1956 Oscars came from MGM's costume designer, Helen Rose. Rose was also busy designing Grace's wedding gown at this time; this Academy Awards ceremony would be Grace Kelly's last appearance before heading to New York and off to Monaco to marry Prince Rainier.
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This particular creation was a diaphanous white dress with a cross neckline detail and flowers sprinkled all over. She paired it with a light blue wrap and her signature white gloves. Of its time, but also something that wouldn't look entirely out of place on a red carpet today. And for an almost-princess look, it was just right.

(Oh, and? My best dressed for last night, because I can't resist: Cate Blanchett, and Charlize Theron's necklace. Gimme.)