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Fashion Friday: A Tribute to Tassell

In the 1960s, Philadelphia-born designer Gustave Tassell achieved international acclaim for his refined women’s clothes and accessories. A favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco, the drama of Tassell’s designs was in their simplicity, according to Dilys E. Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costumes and Textiles. In tribute to Tassell, who passed away last month, we’re sharing five favorites from our Tassell collection. Explore more here.

Woman’s Late Afternoon Dress, Fall 1957, by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Dress and Cape, Spring 1960, by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Ensemble: Dress, Cape, and Capelet, Spring 1965, by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Hat, Spring 1965, by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Evening Dress, Spring/Summer 1969, by Gustave Tassell
Prince Albert buys Philadelphia home of mom Grace Kelly
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia home where Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 is now in the hands of the royal family.

Prince Albert said he has early memories of visits to the home, such as staring out an upstairs window or rolling around on the living room carpet.

“The house is filled with little moments like that. Moments of being a family,” he said.

The father of two told the magazine that he can’t wait to make new memories in the home with his own children, twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

“I’m looking forward to showing the house to the kids, sharing it with them, having them see the garden. It’ll probably be next year. We’ll have to finish the work and then we’ll have some sort of opening,” he said.

Happy Birthday, Cary Grant! (18 January 1904)

This is my favorite picture of best friends Grace and Cary together… the caption reads:

“Grace and Cary Grant get a kick out of the Philadelphia Bulletin’s report on their bringing the premiere of To Catch A Thief to her hometown.”

And look at Grace’s dress! One of my favorite outfits she’s ever worn ♥

It feels good. I’m very happy to have saved this old family home from a near certain death or development. We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do with it. We’re looking at having it contain some museum exhibit space and maybe use part of it for offices for some of our foundation work.