Why your Kelly is more than a bag – Manila Bulletin
What you carry on your hand or in the crook of your arm is a memento of Grace Kelly, icon of royalty, of Hollywood, of the power of women to achieve their dreams and be happy forever.
Grace Kelly is a household name, even for the children in my family. Our Pomeranian, a gift from my friend Heart Evangelista, is called Grace Kelly. She is the princess of our house, although around the same time she came into our lives another member of the royal family joined our family, Wallis Simpson, the Persian cat given to me by the designer Mark Bumgarner, a close friend of Heart and mine.
I met this girl who loves the Kelly handbag, but seems to know nothing about Grace Kelly other than the fact that she was a princess. The famous bag created in 1935 with a unique trapezoidal shape, two triangular gussets, a cut-out flap, a handle and two side straps is considered by Hermès to be the bag that “brought the house into the era of audacity and modernism”, but it was not called the Kelly until the mid-1950s.
In 1956, Grace Kelly, a longtime fan of the Hermès handbag then called Sac à dépêches, was spotted using it as a shield from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. She was trying to hide her baby bump, having just turned her back on her illustrious Hollywood career to marry Princess Rainier III of Monaco and, always reserved and modest and graceful, as her name suggests, she was reluctant to reveal her pregnancy. Before the wedding, she and the prince, introduced to each other by British-American actress Olivia de Havilland at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, had known each other for barely a year. It was a whirlwind romance that lasted a lifetime.
But there’s more to Grace. Before becoming Princess Consort of Monaco, she reigned over Hollywood, not only in terms of beauty or glamour, but also, early in her career, with an Oscar for the 1954 drama The country girl, in which she starred alongside William Holden and Bing Crosby. It was in the movie Mogambo with Clark Gable and Ava Gardner, released the previous year, which she first gained stardom, with a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination. She starred in a number of television series, but was mostly seen as the perfect heroine for films by Alfred Hitchcock, with whom she began working on the 1954 thriller. Dial M for murder.
The daughter of three-time Olympic rowing gold medalist John B. Kelly and University of Pennsylvania physical education teacher Margaret Majer, Grace was well raised by a wealthy Irish Catholic family in a charming colonial home in six bedrooms, built in 1928. , in Philadelphia. She was educated at the convent, mostly attending private institutions like Ravenhill Academy, a Catholic school for girls, where she participated in many fashion events and plays. The dream she dreamed as a child of being on the world stage has never left her. To pursue this dream as soon as she finished school, she enrolled at the American Academy of the Arts in New York, taking modeling gigs to fund her own education.
I would like to be remembered as someone who did helpful deeds and was a kind and loving person. -Grace Kelly
The handbag she tried to hide her baby bump with in 1956 made history when people started calling it “that Kelly Bag.” This prompted Hermès, whose CEO from 1951 to 1978 Robert Dumas designed it himself, to rename it Kelly, especially after a photograph of the bag disguising a royal pregnancy appeared on the cover of Life. The name change has since made the bag a joy for fashionable women everywhere.
The Kelly you carry in your hand or in the crook of your arm is a multi-faceted emblem, a symbol of royalty, of Hollywood, of a woman’s power to achieve her dreams, and even of a happy tomorrow because, while the Princess of Monaco died in early 1982 – she was 52 – following a stroke which caused her to lose control of the Rover P6 3500 she was driving, plunging her into a 14-metre embankment in Cap -d’Ail on the Côte d’Azur, she died happily married. Her husband, Rainier III, who died in 2005, refused to remarry, creating the Princess Grace Foundation USA for young American artists in her memory.
If you want to find Grace Kelly at her best in Hollywood, To catch a thief is currently streaming on Netflix. This 1955 romance film, starring Grace and Cary Grant, is particularly celebrated due to scenes in which the two exchanged perfectly delivered double meanings and puns without any script or prior preparation.
Incidentally, the 2014 biopic Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco, with Nicole Kidman playing the lead role opposite Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III, is also streaming on Netflix. I happened to watch it when it came out. I watched it in bed at Sorsogon, with Heart Evangelista and Senator Chiz Escudero by my side.
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