Grace Kelly visits Montréal!

2013

Named "Canada’s Favourite Actress” in 1955, Grace Kelly remains a much-loved icon for many Montrealers today.

The McCord Museum recently held an exhibition showcasing the love affair between Grace Kelly and Québec, including her visit to Montréal for Expo 67 and her friendship with the wife of a Québec City mayor. Thanks to this event, the Museum doubled attendance during the summer of 2013—apparently, the myth lives on!

The exhibition focused on the woman behind the celebrity by chronicling her extraordinary rise to fame. Visitors saw more than a hundred objects, posters, love letters and personal letters, photographs and film clips, as well as over 40 beautiful gowns and accessories belonging to Kelly that became part of fashion history. Based on an exhibition mounted by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly – Beyond the Icon was produced by Grimaldi Forum Monaco, in collaboration with the McCord Museum. Numerous artifacts were on display for the first time; notably, some gowns restored by the McCord especially for the occasion.

On a side note, the McCord has a costume collection that includes 18,845 pieces, and possesses unrivalled expertise in the preservation, restoration and presentation of garments. In fact, it’s home to the largest costume collection in Canada!

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