Last week the TIFF Bell Lightbox rolled out the red carpet for the opening of Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess. We were lucky enough to snag an invite to this black-tie cocktail soiree and be among the first to view the collection of memorabilia from the iconic princess.

Image source.

We love our princesses, and the chance to be (pretty much) mingling with royalty while enjoying cocktails and canapés is not something we could miss.  Royal newlyweds, Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene were also in attendance to say a few words and celebrate the opening. 


Once inside the exhibit, we were instantly drawn to the couture, and of course, the jewels (see 144 diamond tiara below). It may have felt a little like reading someone’s diary, but we enjoyed looking through the handwritten correspondence from family and friends like Alfred Hitchcock and Bing Crosby.  

Image source.

We had to check out the special room designated to Kelly’s famed wedding gown, which served as inspiration for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress last spring. Designed by film costumer Helen Rose, it took six weeks and three dozen seamstresses to create the dress she wore down the aisle in 1956

Image source.


Among one of the most photographed women of the 20th century, the style icon’s timeless glamour and sophistication continue to be an inspiration to designers today. Her classic style and elegance were evident from the stunning gowns and accessories, and we may have gotten a few style tips ourselves.

Image source.

We definitely recommend checking out the exhibit – what better way to spend an afternoon than watching a classic film and checking out a style icon’s wardrobe?  Right now you can purchase a pass that includes both for $22. The exhibition is currently open at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and runs until Sunday, January 22.