Fashion in Film: High Society

(Grace Kelly as Tracy Lord in a Helen Rose gown that was gifted to her by MGM after production.)
Hi, all! Jessica Amento here with a final installment of my “Fashion In Film” series. Closing out the year with plenty of style and grace, today we are focusing on Charles Walters’ 1956 musical comedy High Society.
Based on The Philadelphia Story play by Philip Barry with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the movie tells the tale of Rhode Island socialite Tracy Samantha Lord (Grace Kelly) who is pursued by three men, including her ex-husband  C.K. Dexter Haven (Bing Crosby), reporter Mike Connor (Frank Sinatra), and the bland George Kittredge (John Lund), and must choose between them.
With costumes by Helen Rose, who worked in large with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the characters are dressed impeccably from scene to scene. Grace’s wardrobe in particular stayed in line with her personal style, and Helen went on to design her wedding dress after the film. Here, we take a look at the most exquisite ensembles from the screen, and then suggest like-minded pieces to shop below!
(Tracy in a stunning white halter swimsuit.)
(Take cues from this look and break up an all-neutral ensemble with a brown buckle belt.)
(The sheer detailing and floral appliqués used on Tracy’s gown here are impossible to resist.)
(This green wrap gown is stunning, but is nearly upstaged by Tracy’s beautiful boudoir!)
(Tracy’s collared jumpsuit feels feminine thanks to a cinched-in waist and plenty of jewelry.)
(This gorgeous full-collar gown was designed as a cover-up for Tracy’s maillot.)
That’s all for now, LDV readers. Thank you so much to Paloma for inviting me to contribute to your fabulous site. It has been a true pleasure! xo, Jessica
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