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Princess Grace inspires line of face coverings to support the arts


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The Princess Grace Foundation has launched a series of face coverings inspired by the late Princess’s style, available to raise money for the arts as the coronavirus pandemic continues to force lockdowns in the United States.

Designed by Hamilton’s award-winning costume designer, Paul Tazewell, three of the four face coverings are inspired by Grace’s costumes in Hitchcock classics Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief. A fourth face-covering features the Princess Grace Foundation’s logo on a black fabric setting.

The Dial M for Murder face covering is red with lace detailing; the Rear Window face covering is black and white, with pleated detailing like a skirt Princess Grace wore in the film; and the To Catch a Thief face covering is gold, like the elaborate dress Princess Grace wore in the film that was set on the French Riviera.

All of the face coverings are based on costumes designed by Edith Head, one of the most prolific and celebrated costume designers of Hollywood’s mid-century.

Available for USD 100 and by donation, the face coverings will support the Foundation’s performing arts grant program. Each covering will be sewn by Broadway costumers who have lost their jobs during the pandemic to further illustrate the need for support.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA was founded in 1982 by Prince Rainier in honour of his late wife and her contribution to the American art scene. The Foundation works to promote the advancement of the arts and to provide funds and support to up-and-coming American artists as they pursue their endeavours.

According to the Foundation’s website, “After [Princess Grace’s] tragic death, her family wanted to create an organization that reflected her love for her native country and her profound dedication to the arts. During her reign, Princess Grace brought arts and culture to Monaco while also quietly supporting countless American performing and film artists.”

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.