A EUROPEAN Princess and Australian fashion royalty converged on Bendigo last night for the opening of Grace Kelly: Style Icon, a showcase of the fashions of the woman who swapped Hollywood glamour for Royalty.
Princess Charlene, wife of Prince Albert of Monaco addressed the crowd, stating that Kellys unique style endures to this day.
"Her beautiful style was a reflection of her natural elegance, taste and character,'' Her Royal Sereneness said.
"Her style is so gracefully unique it remains an inspiration to all across generations and cultures.''
In a coup for Australian designer Johanna Johnson - who recently dressed a plethora of international celebrities for the Academy Awards parties including Felicity Jones and Maya Rudolph - created a stunning custom design at the request the Princess.
Johnson spent hours with the Princess, fitting the blush hued dress which features Johnsons signature swarovski hand beaded embellishment.
It was such an honour for her to ask me to create a design for this special occasion, the humbled designer said.
Princess Grace has long been a personal style icon of mine, and her timeless elegance is a huge inspiration behind my brand I actually have original prints of Grace hanging in my office.
Hundreds of adoring fashion afficionados including Toni Maticevski and Lisa Wilkinson travelled to be treated to a sneak into Her Serene Highness sumptuous wardrobe which included more than one hundred of Kelly's most famous costumes and dresses from Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves St Laurent that came to underpin the fairytale of Kelly, who occupies a unique position in the annals of style.
The world-renowned fashion exhibition, which will be hosted exclusively in Australia by Bendigo Art Gallery, also includes accessories and photographs, paying homage to one of the most photographed women of the 20th Century.
Grace Kelly: Style Icon is expected to be even more successful than the 2009 exhibit The Golden Age of Couture, another significant fashion showcase entrusted to the gallery which lured more than 75,000 visitors to Bendigo and resulted in a $9.2 million boost to the local economy.
Grace Kelly: Style Icon will run until June 17, 2012
I was there in Dolce & Gabbana!!
I had a fabulous evening at the opening of the exhibition in my Dolce & Gabbana - not vintage yet - but it is a valued treasure for my collection none the less. And, Grace Kelly would have loved it!