Most fashion enthusiasts will unanimously agree that Grace Kelly was one of Hollywood’s biggest fashion icons. Her classic, elegant style was evident in both daily life and on the screen as the star of several fashion-forward films of the 1950s. I had a hard time choosing just one of them to focus on for this post- it came down to a fierce battle between Dial M for Murder and Rear Window.
But, let’s be honest… how could I pass this up? A deep v-neck, cinched waist, full skirt… I could go on and on about how much I love this. All of Grace Kelly’s costumes (designed by the genius Edith Head) were completely flawless in Rear Window, but this one takes the cake.
Called her “Paris dress,” this style is completely chic. So, how would we do this in 2011? Easy.
The volume of the skirt and the deep v of the leotard are reminiscent of the dress worn by Grace’s character Lisa Fremont, but the length and halter keep the pieces modern. Pair it with a simple thin black belt, strappy leather heels, and a little red lipstick, and you’re all set to solve a murder mystery.
Also, if you haven’t already, check out Rear Window (1954), a film that follows a wheelchair-bound photographer as he uncovers the truth behind the murder his neighbor appears to have committed. It’s easily one of my favorite Hitchcock films.