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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 Rainier 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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America’s top footwear designer created custom-made but elegantly simple shoes for the royal bride. The classic pumps, a style for which David Evins was famous, feature rounded toes and 2½ inch heels. The main design feature is the cordonnet, or thread, outlining the lace motifs, which include a rosette on the top accented with seed pearls and clear glass beads. A copper penny was encased in the right shoe for good luck; the left shoe is embossed with the celebrated client’s name.