Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress and Accessories

Helen Rose1956

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

From the crownlike wreath topping the headpiece to the bows down the back of the graceful train, Grace Kelly's wedding ensemble is simple but exquisitely detailed. Delicate rose point lace, a type of nineteenth-century Brussels needle lace that features elaborate floral motifs, forms the bodice, which appears seamless because the lace motifs were detached from their original ground and pieced together to follow the shaping of the dress. Touches of the lace, accented with lustrous seed pearls, unify the gown and accessories. The dress itself is constructed in four complex parts: the lace bodice with an attached underbodice, skirt support, and slip; a heavily pleated silk faille skirt that incorporates a smoothing petticoat, ruffled petticoat, and foundation petticoat; a triangular tulle and lace train insert; and a pleated silk faille cummerbund.


  • Title: Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress and Accessories
  • Creator Lifespan: 1904/1985
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Creator Death Place: Palm Springs, California, United States
  • Creator Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Date: 1956
  • Location: United States
  • Provenance: Gift of Her Serene Highness, the Princesse Grace de Monaco, 1956
  • Type: Costume (including accessories)
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Silk needle lace (rose point), silk faille, silk tulle, and seed pearls
  • Wearer: Worn by Grace Kelly at her marriage to Prince Ranier of Monaco, American (Philadelphia), 1929 - 1982
  • Maker: Made by the wardrobe department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Culver City, California, founded 1924
  • Designer: Designed by Helen Rose, American, 1904 - 1985

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