Amazing Grace

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Pringle invited Central Saint Martins students to create knits fit for a princess, says Stephanie Hirschmiller

As school projects go, working with a luxury fashion label and being afforded access to the wardrobe of Princess Grace of Monaco, aka movie star Grace Kelly, beats sprinkling glitter over homemade greetings cards. This dream assignment became reality for   Central Saint Martin’s students thanks to Pringle of Scotland.

Last year, BA History and Theory students researched Kelly’s wardrobe, accessing Palace of Monaco archives and presenting their findings at a Nouveau Musée National de Monaco exhibition. Then came the turn of MA Fashion Design students. Inspired by the Princess’s innate sense of style, each designed a selection of pieces for Pringle’s new capsule “Archive Collection” of 100 per cent cashmere knitwear.

While the Hitchcock heroine’s public persona may more usually be associated with the Hermès Sac à dépêches, renamed the “Kelly” bag, it was during  family time that she displayed a penchant for Pringle’s classics. Many students were  inspired by this dual persona played out to exemplary effect in Louise Morris’s “Grace” and “Kelly” logo sweaters and off-beat floral prints. The former were inspired by images of Kelly and her brother playing baseball while the latter looked to one of Kelly’s flower pressings.

Other standout pieces from an extensive collection include Assaf Reeb’s sweaters with fur trims inspired by a stole Kelly wore to a Monte Carlo ball; Jae Lee’s spin on the classic V-neck; Alice Bastin’s sweaters with inbuilt bow-ties; and the fluted cuffs and trompe l’oeil twinsets of Rachel Hewitt. The last designed a cashmere turban inspired by Kelly’s love for that epitomisation of old Hollywood glamour.

Special mention goes to Pringle’s brand ambassador, actress Tilda Swinton, who contributed a long-sleeved maxi dress in super-light cashmere silk, based on a High Society bathing robe. “It’s kind of a twinset dress, a dressing gown for a part-time goddess heading for some heady drunken dancing.”

Of that, Kelly would most certainly have approved.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Recruitment Genius: Office / Sales Manager

    £22000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Established and expanding South...

    Recruitment Genius: Administrative Assistant / Order Fulfilment

    £14000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity to join a thrivi...

    SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    £18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped OTE: SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consulta...

    SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    £18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped OTE: SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consulta...

    Day In a Page

    Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

    Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

    But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
    Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

    Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

    Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
    Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

    Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

    Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
    Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

    Britain's 24-hour culture

    With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
    Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

    The addictive nature of Diplomacy

    Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
    Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

    Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

    Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
    8 best children's clocks

    Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

    Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
    Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

    Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

    After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
    Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

    How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

    Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
    Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

    'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

    In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
    Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

    The Arab Spring reversed

    Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
    King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

    Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

    Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
    Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

    Who is Oliver Bonas?

    It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
    Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

    Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

    However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
    60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

    60 years of Scalextric

    Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones