To Catch a Thief is a 1955 American romantic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John Michael Hayes based on the 1952 novel of the same name by David Dodge. The film stars Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar who has to save his reformed reputation by catching an impostor preying on the wealthy tourists of the French Riviera. Grace Kelly stars opposite him as his romantic interest in her final film with Hitchcock.
In the film, Grace Kelly played Frances Stevens, the spoiled beautiful daughter of a rich American family, as fitting her character, she has worn various costumes from evening gown to beach wear, designed by Edith Head.
Light yellow halter neck one piece bathing suit
Ice blue chiffon gown with thin spaghetti straps
Light taupe wrap front cap sleeve dress
Black halter neck swimming suit and matching capri pant with white linen wrap skirt
Blush pink sleeveless top and pleated skirt ensemble
White strapless column gown
Golden lame strapless gown
In the film To Catch a Thief by Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly as Frances Stevens, a spoiled American girl from a rich family has just met John Robie the jewel thief(played by Cary Grant). They are going out, Robbie is waiting for Frances in the lobby. And when she makes her appearance down the lobby, everyone stop chatting or walking and start looking at her: She is wearing a black halter neck swimming suit with a pair of black capri pants ruched up, matching with her black turban and black wedged sandals, her all-black outfit is then framed by pure white: a white brimmed crown-less fine straw hat on the black turban, and a white linen wrap skirt covering her capri pants.
In the blog Clothes on film, the writer has used words like absurd and childish to describe her outfit. But there is nothing childish or absurd about this stunning and genious beach ensemble designed by Edith Head, and one of the best things about the design is how the costume designer has made Grace's white linen skirt just a little longer than her black capri pants to create the illusion of her wearing just a black body and a white skirt while looking from far away, like the character France played by Grace Kelly, she gives the illusion of someone but reveals herself only up close, really up close.
And in her prime time, whether on screen or off-screen, Grace Kelly never looks absurd or childish, with her inner grace, she can carry off almost any outfit. Even a pair of rolled up jeans A LA capri pants, which could plain on others, look graceful on her, whether pairing with ballet flats or loafer.
elegant-icon-wardrobe-essentials-carolyn-bessette-in-white-shirt.htmlOther than Audrey Hepburn, nobody ever wears a white shirt so elegantly like Grace Kelly. From crispy white to soft pearly white, from structured poplin to fluid silk, from the simplest button-down, to the most frivolous stand-up, Grace Kelly can make a white shirt feminine, whether rolling up her sleeves or keep them cuffed. And with the help of a silk scarf around her neck or on her hand, she can transform the plainest white shirt, even the less flattering short sleeved white shirt.
And when she wears a chignon with the white shirt, the shirt is not a piece of garment any more, it becomes a ceremony. Only Carolyn Bessette, the daughter-in-law of Jackie Kennedy, can wear a chignon with white shirt like her.