Few wardrobes are as influential as the one Edith Head created for Alfred Hitchock's To Catch A Thief. As I mentioned in my video on its cinema style, this is particularly true of Grace Kelly's gowns from the movie...they are iconic. Both the blue and white versions are a study in chiffon that have become reference points for anyone wanting to buy or create a Grecian gown. Though many have tried, few have done better than Edith and her team at Paramount. Don't let the simplicity of the shapes fool you...the structure, fit, and careful draping continue to inform designers in the highest houses of fashion today. It's such an archetype that you'll see the designs in more accessible collections like J. Crew as well. Take a look at a few of the connections below...seems these elegant evening gowns are truly fit for a princess.
Another princess, Diana of Wales, loved Grace's blue gown so much
she asked designer Catherine Walker to create one for her in 1987
Yet another princess--Grace's granddaughter, Charlotte Casiraghi--recently wore Giambattista Valli,
which appears something of a cross between both the blue and white gowns
Though high-end designers often refer to the gowns in To Catch a Thief,
more affordable collections like J. Crew (above) also borrow from these classics