Grace Kelly and Edith Head

By BarbaraAnne:

“Jeff: The Lisa Freemont who never wears the same dress twice?
Lisa: Only because it’s expected of her.
(She does a model’s turn.)
Lisa: Right off the Paris plane, think it will sell?”

As the most copied dress in Kelly’s history-making fashion repertoire, yes, I think it sold. Edith Head created a work of genius for Kelly in Rear Window (1954).

With the deep V-neckline cut in the front and back of the black fitted bodice, Edith Head introduced the Y silhouette one year before Dior’s 1955 haute couture collection. The soft, flowing movement of the chiffon-and-tulle skirt provided contrast. Black branches embroidered at the top ended in a narrow patent leather belt. A white scarf, pearls, gloves, and black sandals completed the outfit. Kelly glided through Jeff’s apartment like the princess she would become.

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