Iconic Wedding Dresses In Film : ‘High Society’

Iconic Wedding Dresses In Film : ‘High Society’

Before becoming one of the most iconic brides of our time, screen and style icon Grace Kelly was fictionally married on the silver screen wearing an equally beautiful gown.

After just six years in the industry, ‘High Society’ proved to be Grace Kelly’s last picture, and the MGM movie was filmed shortly before her real-life marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Iconic Wedding Dresses In Film: High Society

Silk organza gown with scattered flowers

During her wedding scene in ‘High Society’, Grace wore a beautiful silk organza gown complete with delicately scattered flowers, billowing sheer sleeves and pale yellow embroidery. The intricate gown was teamed with a large wide-brimmed white hat which was perfectly on trend at the time and spectacularly completed her outfit.

Second-time bride

In the film, Grace’s character is a second-time bride. During the ’50s, it was not socially acceptable for remarrying brides to wear the traditional white gown, so Grace’s dress was actually a soft yellow shade in colour.

Helen Rose dressed Grace from top to toe

All of Grace’s ‘High Society’ outfits were designed by MGM costume supremo Helen Rose, and were very much in keeping with Grace’s personal style. In fact, she liked her custom-made gowns so much that a few of them were given to her as a wedding present from the studio!

Iconic Wedding Dresses In Film: High Society

Inspiration for her real wedding dress

As Helen and Grace were already working closely together so near to Grace’s real wedding date, it made sense that Helen should also design Grace’s royal wedding gown, and the pair came up with ideas and sketches in collaboration while filming ‘High Society’.

Clearly with a little bit more than her wedding dress on her mind, and still tied into a 7-year contract with MGM Studios, Grace agreed to allow her real-life wedding to be filmed for a documentary feature in return for a termination of this contract, together with the cost of her extravagant bridal gown.

Grace Kelly’s timeless, elegant royal wedding gown drew much inspiration from her MGM costumes, and featured 25 yards of silk taffeta and stunning antique rose-point lace.

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