London, South Kensington
25 November 2010
Edith Head and Grace Kelly To Catch A Thief, 1955
A watercolour and pencil costume sketch of Grace Kelly as Frances Stevens in the Paramount film To Catch A Thief, 1955, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the sketch showing Grace Kelly in her controversial beach-wear ensemble worn while walking through the hotel lobby when Cary Grant, as John Robie, first catches a glimpse of her, the outfit shown in three different angles, signed in pencil by Edith Head and ink-stamped on the front and verso Paramount Pictures Corporation -- 20x15in. (51x38cm.), framed; accompanied by a black and white still from the set (2)
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HAUGLAND, H. Kristing Grace Kelly Style, The Actress, Victoria & Albert Museum Catalogue, 2010, pp21-23
Following on from the success of Edith Head and Grace Kelly working together on Rear Window the previous year, the duo were again able to combine creative influences. To Catch A Thief has been described as a ... visual delight... and Edith was rewarded with an Academy Award nomination for her contribution.
It was while Grace Kelly was on location in the French Riviera filming To Catch A Thief that she first met Prince Rainier of Monaco, the following year they married.
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