http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/main.jhtml?xml=/fashion/2007/07/11/efgrace111.xml 'The Grace Kelly Years - Princess of Monaco', is the first ever organized and provides an intimate and intriguing glimpse of the Hollywood actress from Philadelphia who became a fairytale princess and made Monte Carlo synonymous with glamour and style. In the 1920's, Somerset Maugham wrote:"Monaco is a sunny place for shady people". That was all to change the day Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco on April 19,1956, in what was called the "Wedding of the Century", wearing a bridal gown designed by Helen Rose, of MGM studios. The wedding dress is one of the focal points of the exhibition and has returned to Monaco for the first time since the marriage, having previously been donated to the Museum of Philadelphia by Princess Grace. Curated by Frédéric Mitterand, a nephew of the former French president, and designed by Nathalie Crinière, both of whom had unparalleled access both to the archives of Princess Grace herself and to those of the Grimaldi family, as well as close co-operation from Prince Albert and the Princesses Caroline and Stephanie, the exhibition has been two years in the making. It is divided into a series of different 'rooms', each of which focuses on aspects of her life, from the artificial lighting of Hollywood's great movie sets to the sun-drenched landscapes of Monaco. The Hollywood Room, for example, is conceived as a vast movie set featuring posters, film stills, trailers and excerpts from the 11 movies she made in just five years, including High Noon, High Society and The Country Girl (for which she won a best Actress Oscar) and leads into The Hitchcock Room, dedicated to the thrillers she made with Alfred Hitchcock, such as Rear Window, Spellbound and Dial M for Murder. The Ball Room documents her revival of Monaco's famous Red Cross and Rose Balls and features gorgeous gowns designed by the very best haute couture ateliers of the day including Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent. Display cases document her love of hats - especially flower creations, cloches and turbans by Jean Barthet and the Monagasque milliner Alice Delimel - as well as her predilection for funny, outsize sunglasses and spectacles. Her most famous accessory, the 'Kelly' bag, by Hermès, which became a cult which endures to this day, after Princess Grace was pictured carrying one on the cover of an American magazine in 1958, occupies an entire wall of exhibits. Her everyday, weekend and holiday clothes are shown, in wardrobe situations, matched with the shoes which went with each outfit. Apparently, Princess Grace kept everything in museum condition, bagged and labelled - a boon to the curator and designer. Other areas show a mock-up of her dressing table and office. She also kept a treasure trove of letters, billets-doux and MGM contracts, all of which are on display. There are the passionate telegrams and handwritten notes in which Prince Rainier declared his love to her before their wedding, countless thank-you notes and chatty letters from close, personal friends including the likes of Bing Crosby, Richard Burton, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Greta Garbo, David Niven, Margot Fonteyn, Bob Hope, Cary Grant and Joan Crawford, some handwritten to 'Dear Gracie' or Dearest Graceling", as well as many from Hitchcock signed simply 'Hitch'. Other rooms demonstrate her close involvement with the ballet and the arts, her love of flower paintings and poetry, her devotion to humanitarian causes and, of course, the Princess Grace Foundation which she established for children. Home movies, family snapshots and toys emphasise the close family life the Rainiers enjoyed aware from the public spotlight. "It is a very emotional and indeed proud moment for me, knowing that a tribute is being paid to our mother, Princess Grace, on the 25th anniversary of her demise," Prince Albert said. "For the first time, in Monaco, this exhibition is to present personal effects and belongings that for my sisters and myself revive happy memories we shared with our mother, who was a peerless woman." "The Princesses and I have been keen to ensure that the choice of exhibits will bear faithful witness to Princess Grace's personality and influence. " I hope that through this exhibition visitors will discover all the aspects that helped make her personality so richly diverse and realize that behind her mythical image lay an extremely sensitive woman and a deeply loving mother whose sense of aesthetics engaged her in a permanent quest for perfection." The exhibition will remain on show in Monaco until September 23rd and will then subsequently travel to London, Paris and the United States.