Princess Grace Exhibition

PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND COLLABORATES WITH CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS COLLEGE OF ARTS AND DESIGN AND THE NOUVEAU MUSEE NATIONAL DE MONACO IN A CONTINUATION OF THE PRINGLE ARCHIVE PROJECT ‘PRINCESS GRACE: MORE THAN AN IMAGE’

paris, march 2013, the archive collection ‘princesse grace: habiller une image’/ ‘princess grace: more than an image’ is the latest stage in a long term collaboration between pringle of scotland, the nouveau musée national de monaco and the internationally renowned central saint martins college of arts and design fashion courses.

the collection features pieces in the finest 100% made in scotland knitwear, and delicate made in italy styles, inspired by the wardrobe of h.s.h. princess grace of monaco, designed by central saint martins ma fashion design course students, and informed by the findings of ba fashion course history & theory students.

thanks to the help of the nouveau musee national de monaco, the ba fashion course history & theory students carried out extensive research into the wardrobe of h.s.h. princess grace of monaco through accessing the palace archives, as well as institutions in the principality including the bibliotheque municipale louis notari, the archives audiovisuelles de monaco and the garden club of monaco.

the research focused on princess grace’s daily wardrobe, particularly knitwear and pringle of scotland archive styles, and how this was essential to her personal interests and passions. the findings were revealed in an exhibition hosted by the nouveau musee national de monaco in april 2012 and curated by the ba students - an intimate study capturing her style in the most relaxed and familial situations. the launch of the third stage of the project sees pringle of scotland and the central saint martins ma fashion design course students taking aesthetic elements from the exhibition, and translating them into a capsule knitwear collection.

the title ‘princess grace: more than an image’ derives from a quote that the princess gave to time magazine in 1955, whilst still the film actress grace kelly, “I don’t want to dress up a picture with just my face”. this sense of exploring the person behind the image is evident throughout the project.