Grace Kelly's Wedding Shoes

Designed by David Evins, American (born England), 1907 - 1991. Made by Evins, New York. Worn by Grace Kellyat her marriage to Prince Ranier of Monaco, American (Philadelphia), 1929 - 1982.

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1956

Medium:
Silk needle lace (rose point), silk faille, seed pearls, glass beads, leather

Dimensions:
8 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 4 3/4 inches (22.5 x 7.9 x 12.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1956-51-2a,b

Credit Line:
Gift of Her Serene Highness, the Princesse Grace de Monaco, 1956

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Label:
For the royal bride, renowned footwear designer David Evins created custom-made but elegantly simple shoes. The main design feature is provided by the cordonnet, or thread, outlines around the lace motifs, which include a rosette on the vamp accented with seed pearls and clear glass beads. The left shoe is embossed with the celebrated client's name, and in the right shoe, under the designer's name in its trademark script, a copper penny was built in for good luck. Although the idea that Grace Kelly was married in flats or very low heels so as not to tower over the groom is firmly entrenched, her classic pumps in fact have 2½-inch-high heels.