Opening today, the V&A's latest fashion exhibition showcases the wardrobe of the actress turned princess, and mixes costumes with couture.
From the very first case on, the collected outfits are immediately recognisable as being Kelly's signature style - full circle skirts under nipped in bodices, with neat accessories. The exhibition is arranged in three sections, The Actress, The Bride and The Princess. In real life she moved from one stage seamlessly into the next: she was working for MGM until her wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco. In an unusual move, the studio gave her the costumes from her last film, High Society as part of her trousseau, and also made her wedding dress.
Fans of that movie will recognise three of the dresses on display, including a Grecian-style bathing robe and there are also costumes from Rear Window, created by legendary Hollywood designer Edith Head. The famous Hermès bag that now bears her name is also on display - the 'Kelly' bag still has a waitlist and a celebrity price-tag.
The exhibition is like a chronology of high fashion from the 50s to the 70s, spanning all of the major houses. Naturally it particularly concentrates on French designers. It's girly, beautiful and romantic. In short, it's fit for a princess.
Admission: £6 (concessions £4). Book in advance online or call 0844 209 1770.