If you like a good story and pretty frocks, hop down to the Victoria and Albert Museum this instant. V&A museum is now hosting an exhibition "Grace Kelly: Style Icon" which shows the spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly, Hollywood royalty of the 1950s who went on to become a real life princess when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
I had expected the exhibition to be on a scale similar to that for V&A's The Golden Age of Couture in 2008 but it was much smaller and could easily be covered in an hour or less. Neverthess it showcased a well edited collection of dresses from Grace Kelly's films as well as the haute couture gowns that she wore as Princess Grace of Monaco.
I particularly liked the simple dresses that she apparently wore on the school run - chanelling effortless American chic and yet sensible enough for day to day wear. The old news clips showing footage from her films as well as her royal wedding which were screened on the walls next to the dress displays livened things up a bit and lent some old world glamour to the exhibition.
Well worth a visit but do book your tickets in advance as it is very popular especially if you are going on a weekend! The first time I went it was entirely booked up for that day and the next day as well And if you are at the V&A, do check out their museum shop. They have an alluring display of costume jewellery inspired by 50's glamour such as this pearl curved stud earrings, good for a treat or as a present, simply not to be missed!
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The author, who goes by the moniker of Twinkle Toes, is a sporadic contributor to London Chow and Singaporean in London. She, like most of us, loves her food and the finer things in life.