Happy birthday to Helen Rose, designer of Grace Kelly’s much-admired 1956 wedding dress. As MGM’s chief costume designer, Rose had a simple but elegant style that suited the actress, whom she costumed for four films. The Academy Award–winning designer preferred soft ivory for bridal gowns and ensured the back—on view at the altar—was a focal point. For the future Princess Grace of Monaco, Rose repeated the delicate lace of the bodice on the train insert and around the circular veil, which also features two tiny appliquéd lace lovebirds just above the edging at the back.

Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress and Accessories, 1956, by Helen Rose

Grace Kelly’s Wedding Headpiece, 1956, Designed by Helen Rose