The most famous example was, as Lister points out, the dress she wore when she accepted her Oscar in April 1955. "It's an ice-green silk satin, very slender, full-length dress, she had actually worn it to the premiere of the film 'Country Girl,' and [...] it's unthinkable today to think of somebody wearing a dress to a premiere, and then collecting an Oscar for the same film wearing the same dress!"
"And not only that," Lister says, "we have dresses that she wore repeatedly through the sixties and seventies and even sometimes, she would wear, for instance, a coat that she wore to arrive in Monaco in 1956, she actually wore that ten years later, so she had this very practical, down-to-earth side to the way she dressed."
Even Kelly's famous Hermes 'Kelly' handbag -- named after her when she used it to hide her pregnant stomach from prying journalists in 1956 -- looks well-used. There are no accurate estimates about the number of "Kelly" bags owned by Princess Grace, but the much-loved condition of the handbag on display in the museum suggests it's unlikely she owned as many bags as a more recent Hermes lover, Victoria Beckham.
Lister says the aim of the exhibition was to bring Kelly's influence as a style icon "to life and put the clothes in context" -- a context which, it turns out, was much more realistic and practical than her glamorous pictures suggest.