Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene celebrated a gala opening in the new Grace Kelly exhibition, which took place this weekend at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
The exhibit opening is to celebrate her work and life as an actress and iconic figure and will be open from Monday, October 28 until January 26, 2014.
European royalty and Hollywood stars walked the red carpet leading into the museum to enjoy a cocktail party, dinner and opening night celebration, at a cost of $500 (USD) per person. Grace Kelly's only son, Prince Albert II, expressed emotive words of his mother and revealed that he admired her passion and her pure heart. In his speech he mentioned how she helped underprivileged children and creative talents, and that she was a true inspiration for the arts and culture. She dedicated her life to assist emerging artists in theater, dance and film through the Princess Grace Foundation. She also played an important role as President of the Monaco Red Cross. Prince Albert highlighted that through the exhibition, people will be able to get to know who she really was and more about her rich legacy. Finally, he expressed his gratitude to the museum for this opening and excellent organization of the gala.
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All of the items in the exhibit came from the Grimaldi Forum of Monaco, the cultural arm of the Palace. The wardrobe displays are on mannequins with her size 10 and a 21-inch waist. "Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanyin, Chanel, all really saw Grace Kelly as an ideal figure, not only physically but the way she wore their clothes."
According to the exhibition creators, Grace Kelly was, with no doubt, a very important figure in terms of fashion and her artistic story, and 50 years later she continues to be an icon. It was very important for them to bring this exhibition back to Philadelphia, the state where Grace Kelly was born.
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