Monday, September 5

Grace Kelly, Charlotte Smith and the Melbourne Writer's Festival

Here's a little something for the 2012 Calendar - the Bendigo Art Gallery is hosting Grace Kelly: Style Icon, fresh from the UK. I'd love to get a glimpse of these dresses up close - the fabrics, the construction, the accessories... particularly the costumes designed by Edith Head, worn by Grace in all of the Hitchcock films.

All the official bits can be found here.

What has this to do with the Melbourne Writer's Festival?

Of all places, this is where I heard about the Grace Kelly exhibition during the final event of the day, 'Dressed For Murder: Fashions from the world of Hitchcock'. It was an amazing presentation delivered by the entertaining Charlotte Smith, author of Dreaming of Dior, and more recently, Dreaming of Chanel.

Over 90 minutes, Charlotte shared her incredible story of an inheritance of thousands of vintage gowns, as models cautiously descended the steps of the BMW Edge venue to model selected pieces from Charlotte's Darnell Collection - a combination of classic Hollywood vintage couture and recently acquired designer accessories to match.

The outfits were amazing, and from my vantage point, the fabrics were sumptuous yet fragile. I was able to suspend my belief for long enough to imagine that we were in the presence of young women who had just stepped off the set of a classic Hollywood movie. A fabulous way to finish my time at the MWF.

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