Out & About

July 11, 2013

Grace Kelly subject of McCord exhibit


On the day of her civil ceremony, Kelly and Rainier were joined by an international contingent of 1,600 extras — not of guests, but reporters covering the event. The dress, created by MGM costume designer Helen Rose, is on display, as well as is the video documentation of the chaotic paparazzi-infested ceremony.

The exhibit timeline follows Kelly’s life into royalty and perhaps her most treasured role: as a mother of three children. In 1982, Kelly tragically died in a car accident after suffering a stroke.

“Grace Kelly — Beyond the Icon” continues through Oct. 6.


Next is “Hats Off,” an exhibit produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization that pays homage to yesteryear’s favorite wardrobe accessory.

The collection includes mostly antique versions of millenary must-haves of the day, with a collection that concentrates on some turn-of-the-20th-century eye-catchers.

Roaring Twenties cloche hats, smart-sized bibi or pillow hats, sun hats, bonnets, bowlers and top hats are all present and accounted for.

And no exhibition about hats — specifically in Quebec — wouldn’t be complete without the iconic winter warmer — the touque. There’s a few of those, too.

“Hat’s Off” continues through Aug. 18.


While the visit’s big draw is indeed the tribute to Kelly, perhaps the more surprising sleeper exhibition is “Wearing Our Identity: The First People Collection,” a new permanent exhibit that aims “to explore the complex heritage of the First Peoples of Canada and learn more about how their dress has helped define their rich cultures and identity,” says the press release.

The exhibit offers four themes: “Wearing Who I Am,” Wearing our Culture,” Wearing our History” and “Wearing our Beliefs.”

The contemporary exhibit space, dressed in bright white and sleek lighting, balances outstanding select pieces, some of which are made by contemporary Aboriginal artists.

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