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.
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