April 18, 1956: Princess Grace of Monaco arrives for a gala celebration on the evening of her civil wedding ceremony.
Inside Grace’s wardrobe…
Grace’s pale blue chiffon James Galanos day dress. This ice blue silk chiffon day dress with delicate hand stitching had a large round collar with a ribbon bow. James Galanos was a California designer who previously worked for Hattie Carnegie, NYC.
Grace wore this dress at a reception for the official presentation of wedding gifts in Monaco on April 17, 1956. Her ensemble also included a small headpiece of matching blue ribbon, white gloves and the Morabito needlepoint bag she carried at the Academy Awards in 1955.
The caption reads:
Beverly Hills, Calif. 12-6-55 — Actor James Dean who was killed in a sports car crash recently was voted an “Audie” award for his role in East of Eden. The award was presented by actress Grace Kelly and accepted by actress Natalie Wood who had played opposite Dean.
The article is from a September 1955 Motion Picture magazine and focuses on her time at the Cannes Film Festival, particularly her frequent escort, Jean-Pierre Aumont.
New photographers from all over the world were pounding at the gates of the Prince of Monaco’s palace to get pictures of Grace Kelly during her visit there. But the only photos taken were by Jean-Pierre Aumont for his personal scrapbook. […] One day, thinking they had outwitted reporters, the two drove leisurely along the French Riviera to visit Prince Rainier, ruler of the small principality of Monaco. But waiting for them at the palace gate were the tireless newsmen. The Prince would have none of it, however, and the photographers were frustrated as he led Grace and Jean-Pierre through the gate and into the gardens where they couldn’t be seen.
^ Did Jean-Pierre really accompany Grace on “the visit” to the Palace? Or is this just a case of mistaken (or worse… fabricated) details?
When pinned down, Grace finally did admit that Jean-Pierre had asked her marry him, but that she had not given her answer. That was as far as she would go in an official statement. As for Jean-Pierre, he proclaimed for all the world to hear, “I adore Grace. Any man would be proud to marry her. She is a wonderful woman!” … Pinned down as to whether or not he had proposed, Aumont denied it, stating, “I have not proposed marriage. I like her very much, but things are moving too fast. We are being pushed by all this publicity.”
^ Pushed by publicity, indeed! The article seems to touch on that theory quite a bit as well. Does anyone have an idea of the reputability of Motion Picture? It seems to have some identity crises going on in this article. ;)
Grace explained her theory about marriage honestly and with rare candor. “I’m not a starlet who needs the orange blossom route to get her name in the paper. I consider marriage a serious business. When a ring is put on my finger it will be there for always.” Being a fervent Catholic, Grace must be terribly certain. She confesses to a dream of a large house and many children, of a man whom she could love and on whom she could depend. For him she would give up her career to assure the success of a marriage she considers more important.
^ That last part is very foretelling! A prophecy that ended up coming true…
Grace Kelly's first engagement ring from Prince Rainier when they first became engaged in Philadelphia. It was a circlet of diamonds and rubies echoing the national colors of Monaco.