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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Grace Kelly - A Symbol Of Change

An exceptional three-day event in Monaco will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman: Grace Kelly

Thirty years ago, Princess Grace left us – Synonymous with cool elegance and impeccable good taste, Grace Kelly remains a style icon to this day. In her classic films of the 1950’s, she was portrayed as the embodiment of female perfection and millions of women all around the world admired her classic, yet accessible, style. For three days, from 14 to 16 September, the event "Grace, a Symbol of Change" will pay homage to Grace Kelly as Princess, actress and symbol of feminine elegance.

The programme will start on Friday evening with a tribute to the princess over a sophisticated gala dinner in the Salle Empire of the Hotel de Paris. After the dinner, the audience is encouraged to participate at live and silent auctions featuring outstanding items. As another highlight of the evening, the American designer Jeff Garner will present his unforgettable fashion show “Dress to Change the World”. Live music for the show was composed and will be performed by Robin Le Mesurier who will accompany the Princess Grace Tribute Collection show which takes Grace Kelly’s original, genuine style and adds modern day fabrics and dyes most of which are plant and earth based to honour the love and respect Princess Grace had for nature. The presenter of the show will be Suzy Amis Cameron and guitarist Robin Le Mesurier from the Rod Stewart group and Alain Lanty as well as pianist Julien Clerc will accompany the evening with live orchestra music and DJ Coco from London will guarantee a bubbly and pleasant atmosphere.

Saturday will be all about Grace Kelly as an actress and the venue for the whole day will be the Princess Grace Theatre built in 1930 and brought to life again by the Princess in 1981. It is a stunning venue located on the Monte Carlo cliff overlooking the sea. The first point on the agenda for Saturday will be a Mini Film Festival open to the public and hosted by Women Make Movies. After the festival the audience is invited to enjoy the screening of THE Grace Kelly classic per se “To catch a Thief”. Dennis Maguire, President of Paramount Home Media Distribution as well as major actors of Paramount Studios will be attending.

Sunday’s program will excite all Grace Kelly fashion lovers. The Ladies & the City Hat Contest will kick off the last day of the big Grace Kelly weekend and will be held at the Deck, at the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, an incredible art deco designer hotel part of the SBM (Société des Bains de Mer) group. This day will be completely devoted to Grace’s personal style the influence of which can still be felt today. Among the jury members will be Jimmy Choo, Suzy Amis Cameron and Dede Valentine. Hats were a major element of Grace’s timeless elegance and glamour and this year’s contest – themed “Back to the fifties” – will bring back into present the happy post- war years symbolized by major changes and developments in fashion and lifestyle.

A classic car show will also be part of the Sunday program and the event will be filmed in 3D by EDLized Production Studio.

This three day event is a celebration to recognize the legacy of Grace, a unique woman who inspired a whole world and is still admired and honoured to date. Not only has she served as a style icon and role-model for women to pursue their dreams but Grace Kelly still continues to be celebrated for her personal qualities and charitable work, as well as for her film career and her achievements in reviving the social and cultural life in Monaco. As an actress, she created a unique style and was portrayed as the embodiment of female perfection. As a princess and wife of Prince Rainer III she made Monaco the centre for international high society and initiated a social and cultural boom in Monaco. As a woman, her personality and kind-heartedness, her respect for everyone around her, her ambition and her goodness made her a source of inspiration for all generations.

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