Grace Of Monaco's Costume Designer Gigi Lepage On Working With Nicole Kidman

04 June 2014 by

Grace of Monaco hits cinemas on Friday (June 6) - and we can't wait. The movie, starring Nicole Kidman, tells the story of Grace Kelly's transformation from movie star into royalty and is sure to be uber chic. The trailer alone is jam-packed with the most glamorous of outfits - from crystal dresses to elegant '60s separates. 

We caught up with costume designer Gigi Lepage to talk Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga, Hermès, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo….

Grazia Daily: How much did you know about Grace of Monaco before you got involved in the film?

Gigi Lepage: Grace of Monaco was a great actress and I knew her filmography. Also I knew her princess story with Prince Rainier because it’s a part of French history. And also as a costume designer I knew some because she is a fashion icon.

Grazia Daily: Did you feel intimidated trying to recreate her looks?

Gigi Lepage: No at all, I was exciting!

Grazia Daily: Are they historically accurate? What details have you changed?

Gigi Lepage: Since it wasn't an historical film, I felt free in terms of the plot to create costumes & along with the set decor; the fashion spirit of the '60s inspired me.

Grazia Daily: Did you source vintage pieces or remake her looks from photos?

Gigi Lepage: Yes, I did have specific photos in mind, photos from Grace of Monaco at this period to be nearer the reality for some specific scenes, otherwise it was the situation in scenes, the deco set, and the spirit of the '60s who inspired me. We also looked in the archives from designers in vogue during that time like Balenciaga and Hermès.

Grazia Daily: Was there a strict budget?

Gigi Lepage: Yes!

Grazia Daily: Were designers/jewellers keen to lend you things?

Gigi Lepage: The house of Christian Dior reproduced two magnificent women's suits designed by Marc Bohan, then artistic director of Dior. Chanel collaborated with us in recreating a suit ensemble. Hermes helped us for her scarves as well as Kelly handbag archives. For shoes, we contacted Salvatore Ferragamo & Jimmy Choo. All her gloves were made exclusively by Maison Fabre. Alexandre Barthet, son of Jean Barthet who was the princess's milliner designed the hats & lastly, Philippine Pinton, granddaughter of François Pinton, Grace of Monaco's eyewear designer, designed the eyewear for us. Lastly, Swarovski came on board for the realisation of the crystal ball gown.

Grazia Daily: What was Nicole Kidman's favourite look?

Gigi Lepage: It seems she liked a lot of them! I would say the crystal ball gown maybe!?

Grazia Daily: What's your favourite look?

Gigi Lepage: I really enjoyed working on this project so it's difficult to choose one outfit from so many looks. If I had to pick, I would say the red dress or the grey Dior women suit, and I adore the Madge character black dress.


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