My good friend Virginie asked me if I’d like to participate in The Grace Kelly Blogathon for her birthday (Nov. 12), where Classic Hollywood Bloggers come together and do a collective blogathon about a certain subject regarding Classic Hollywood. So of course I said yes. I had no trouble choosing the subject: Rear Window (1954). But I thought I’d do something a little different. I thought, instead of just talking about the movie, which for the record I could do for hours, I’d like to talk about her outfits and how well her fashion icon status blends with this movie. Her outfits, designed by the very fantastic Edith Head, are just to die for and every one of them has a particular significance to the movie. When we are first introduced to her character, she is wearing a beautiful, extremely stylish black and white dress. Through this, we are being told that she is a wealthy, worldly high society girl, who knows how to dress to impress. Then there’s the beautiful eau de nil suit. Green and white, and with a lovely set of accesories, including a hangbag in which a pink nightgown rests. She’s a sophisticated girl, with a keen sense of adventure and excitement. We move on to the black dress. Hitchcock knew how to use darker colors to enhance the pivotal moment in his films (Dial M for Murder (1954) comes to mind). In this one, this is the dress she wears when she finally realizes what Jeff’s fascinating with his neighbors is all about: one of them is a murderer. And then there’s the print dress: a lovely, lively, colorful dress that can only mean that she is at heart a down-to-earth woman, and she wants Jeff to know it. Finally, in the last scene of the film, she’s wearing jeans and a red top. Casual, suitable for any kind of adventure that Jeff has his sights on. She wants to be a part of his life and this is her way of showing it. All of these wonderful outfits, combined with Lisa Freemont’s strong personality, make one heck of a character and take her fashion icon status to the next level.