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Toronto Museum to Showcase Grace Kelly Artifacts

Tiff Bell Lightbox will display a replica wedding gown and personal artifacts belonging to the princess and actress.

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Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox will be busy this fall with the exclusive North American exhibit of Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess. The late princess of Monaco’s rarely viewed gowns and artifacts, from the palace where she married Prince Rainer III in 1956, will be on display.

Although Kelley’s infamous high-neck, lace, silk-taffeta and tulle wedding gown—a gift from MGM studio, designed by costume great Helen Rose--is owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, TIFF has scored a replica made by the Monaco Palace in 2007. The original gown, which took 35 MGM crafters six weeks to make, was shown for 20 years before the museum decided it was too fragile for excessive exposure and should only be shown on special occasions (it was brought out in 2006 to honor the wedding’s 50th anniversary).

The exhibition will also feature the princess and actress’ Van Cleef & Arpels tiara, her 1955 Oscar for The Country Girl, letters from Alfred Hitchcock, childhood scrapbooks, yearbooks, notes from Prince Rainier and Super-8 home videos she made.

The Lightbox show—which will run from November 4 through January 22, 2012—will include screenings of the blonde beauty’s Hitchcock films including To Catch a Thief and Rear Window.

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