Grace of Monaco, princess in Dior
Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior (Éditions Rizzoli), the companion book for the upcoming exhibit at the Christian Dior Museum in Granville, France, running from 27 April to 17 November, chronicles the unique friendship between Dior and Alfred Hitchcock's best-loved actress.
After marrying Prince Rainier III in 1956, newly crowned Princess Grace became particularly taken with Dior creations. She appeared at her engagement ball at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel wearing a dress custom made by the Dior ateliers. That same year, she posed for an official portrait taken by Yousuf Karsh dressed in the "Colinette" haute couture model designed by Christian Dior for his Autumn-Winter 1956-1957 collection.
In September 1960, Marc Bohan became Artistic Director following the couturier's death. He saw her as the perfect embodiment of a style that was sophisticated, in vogue, understated, tasteful – and perfectly aligned with his vision of couture. "She epitomised my style, a style that caught your attention but was never excessive. She liked shirt dresses, blouses, and crêpe de chine," Marc Bohan reveals in a previously unpublished interview in the book.
The princess saw the Artistic Director as Monaco's most up-to-the-minute and glamorous fashion designer, as well as a dear family friend. In 1967, she agreed to become the patron for Baby Dior and the two of them attended the opening of the first boutique for children's clothes on Avenue Montaigne. At the Prince's Palace, Grace decorated her own bathroom with bottles of Eau de Cologne Fraîche and would entertain Serge Heftler-Louiche, one of Christian Dior's childhood friends from Granville who became president of Christian Dior Parfums.
You can find these and many other stories about enduring friendship in this book celebrating what would have been the 90th birthday of a legend. With a trove of personal photographs, sketches, and snapshots of dresses the princess wore, it's a shining retrospective of the undying bond between Dior and this timeless icon. Contributing writers include Florence Müller, who is also the exhibit's curator, and Frédéric Mitterrand, author of The Grace Kelly Years: Princess of Monaco.
See the first few pages