Trivia about Grace Kelly's Impact on Fashion

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  • The column gown with spaghetti-straps that Grace Kelly wore to accept her Best Actress Oscar was designed by Edith Head. It was the most expensive Oscar gown to date, as the aquamarine silk fabric itself cost $4,000.
  • Grace wore Swarovski crystals in High Society.
  • When Grace broke her arm, she reportedly used an Hermès scarf as a sling.
  • The Kelly bag, by Hermès was originally introduced in 1935 as the sac à dépêches. It was renamed for Grace Kelly after she was photographed carrying one while stepping off a plane. Kelly reportedly used the bag to help conceal her pregnancy from photographers, and she reportedly owned quite a few of the bags.
    In 2007, Hermès Parfums released a fragrance called Kelly Calèche, which pays homage to the Kelly bag and the Calèche fragrance.
  • Grace was notorious for purchasing accessories, mostly shoes and gloves.
  • A scarf crossed under the chin and knotted at the side or nape of the neck is called a "Grace Kelly".
  • In 1966, Gucci created the iconic Flora silk scarf for Princess Grace.
  • Grace wore a Van Cleef & Arpels tiara to her daughter Caroline's wedding.
  • A Helen Rose dress from High Society and a green Givenchy suit that Grace had worn to a state dinner with the Kennedys were auctioned in 2007 at Sotheby's.
  • For the 25th anniversary of Grace's death, six top American fashion designers—Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Zac Posen, Ralph Rucci and Vera Wang—created one-of-a-kind gowns inspired by clothing that Grace had worn. The gowns were exhibited at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, and auctioned off to benefit the Princess Grace Awards by Sotheby's on 24 October 2007.
    In addition to these outfits, a green Givenchy sleeveless dress with matching fringed bolero jacket worn on a visit to the White House with President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, and a Helen Rose gray-over-rose chiffon gown appliqued with rhinestones and pink and white embroidered flowers from High Society were worn.
  • On 15 October 2007, Estée Lauder launched their limited edition shade of lipstick—Princess Grace Coral—in honor of Princess Grace. The color was inspired by the color of lipstick she wore on her wedding day. Grace and Estée Lauder were friends.
  • Painter Vittorio Accornero designed the Flora scarf by Gucci for Princess Grace.
  • Grace had handmade leather sandals from Canfora in Capri.
  • Grace had her riding breeches made at Ermilio Clothiers.
  • Grace wore the fragrance Chateau Krigler 12 on the night she won her Academy Award.
  • Although Grace was very private and didn't even want her measurements to be made known, her zed card as a model included these measurements:
    • Size: 10-12 (in 1950s dress sizes)
    • Bust: 34"
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Waist: 24"
    • Hips: 35"
    • Weight: 118 lbs
    • Hat: 22
    • Shoe: 6B
    • Glove: 6½
    • Hose: 9½
    • Hat: 22
    • Eyes: blue
    • Hair: blond
  • Mark Cross leather goods received a boost from Grace Kelly when she carried an overnight case from them in Rear Window. The case was designed by Max Holzman.
  • Grace was a patron of Gucci, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel, Madame Grés, and Yves Saint Laurent.
  • Despite her love of clothing, she rarely discarded anything, and did not frequently purchase new clothing.

Many thanks to Steph for her suggestions and trivia facts.