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Today is Ask A Curator day. We have contemporary art curators, and the foremost scholar of Grace Kelly’s fashion on deck to answer your questions. Tweet your questions using #AskACurator. More about the event here.

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

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Congrats To Pennsylvania for being a part of Marriage Equality History!

Looking to run down to City Hall and get hitched? Tara Beth Photography is available to photograph you short&sweet ceremony in Philadelphia! Please pass along this offer to anyone you know heading down to City Hall!

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Met Stephen Amell at Wizard World Philadelphia today and asked him what his favorite line from Oliver’s vows were… I had a copy of the vows for him if he wanted to look, he did- he took some time to read then wrote “before I met you, I had a plan…” 😍 Felicity changed everything! #Olicity

Happy birthday to Philadelphia’s own Grace Kelly, who would have been 87 today. As a movie star and then as the princess of Monaco, she was widely admired for her understated elegance. Princess Grace’s simple yet magnificent wedding dress, designed by Helen Rose, has been inspiring brides for sixty years.

Sketch of Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress,” 1956, by Helen Rose

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Movie actress Grace Kelly, a Philadelphia native, wore this gown for her wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 19, 1956. A gift from her studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the dress was designed by Academy Award–winning costume designer Helen Rose, who had created the star’s wardrobe for four films, including High Society and The Swan. MGM’s wardrobe department constructed it with meticulous care under strict security.

Source: Philadelphia Museum of art

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The first wedding favor, common among European aristocrats in the eighteenth century, probably was a bonbonnière (sweets box). Bonbonnière usually contained sugar cubes or delicate confections that symbolized wealth and royalty.


Bonbonnière (Sweets Box), c. 1765, England

Bonbonnière (Sweets Box), c. 1765, England