In the role that catapulted her to style super stardom, Grace Kelly plays Rear Window’s leading lady, Lisa Fremont, in some of the most stunning (but wearable) outfits seen in cinema. Even today, there is much discussion around how fashion is represented throughout the film, with each of Kelly’s looks helping to tell Hitchcock’s suspenseful story.
It was no wonder then, that Rear Window’s costume designer, Edith Head, won an Oscar for Kelly’s gowns (or that Grace herself turned the head of a real-life Prince). Having worked with Hitchcock for many years, Head knew exactly what the acclaimed director meant when he asked her to make Kelly appear ‘nearly untouchable.’
Upper class and evidently wealthy, it’s the ‘nearly’ that counts here. It’s the fact that both the character and her clothes maintain a certain girl-next-door quality that really helped to win over audiences.
Great friends off set, Grace and Edith worked together to strike a balance between sexy and chic, sultry and wholesome. Our adventurous and independent lead is always dressed impeccably in sensual, feminine clothes which act in contrast to her strong demeanor. In fact, she even digs up her neighbour’s flower bed and climbs the fire escape into his apartment in a gorgeous floral dress and heals…which just makes us love her even more!
With a full swish skirt, form-fitting top and designer accessories, Hitchcock’s favourite Hollywood blonde simply oozes elegance as the classy socialite. These sophisticated looks continue until the final scene, when Lisa throws on a boyfriend blouse and navy trousers to prove to a skeptical James Stewart that she’s the go-on-safari sporty type and not ‘The Lisa Fremont who never wears the same dress twice.’
We don’t mind which version of herself she is; she looks simply fabulous as both.
For a wardrobe worthy of a Prince, look to hallmarks of 50’s femininity: full skirts, pencil skirts and pretty body-hugging tops.
To amp up the glam and really channel Grace Kelly’s exquisite style, opt for a stunning ‘50s-inspired dress.
No girl-about-town would be complete without her luxe accessories. Keep it minimal and chic with pretty pearls and a lick of lipstick.
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