World Premiere of the Montblanc “Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco”
Montblanc hosts a spectacular event in Monaco as a tribute to the iconic Princess Grace of MonacoOn September 8th 2011, 350 VIP guests from around the world will come together in Monaco to celebrate the global launch of the Montblanc “Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco”. Montblanc is paying tribute to one of the most remarkable individuals of all time and gives support to her artistic legacy the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Grace Kelly, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, is a woman admired for her iconic timeless style, her artistic talent as an Oscar-winning actress and for her unrelenting commitment to helping others. The Collection consisting of three one-of-a-kind fine jewellery sets, timepieces and writing instruments is true to Princess Grace of Monaco’s iconic timeless style and sophistication. Feminine and timelessly elegant, the pieces from this collection are some of the most exquisite ever-crafted in Montblanc’s Ateliers, rich in details inspired by this icon’s spirit and attention to style.
Under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco, Montblanc has developed an outstanding concept for the launch of the Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco. Before the pieces are dramatically unveiled for the first time, guests will enjoy a specially commissioned production at the Opera Garnier by Robert Wilson, one of the 21st century’s great theatre visionaries. Attended by H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco and H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, “Grace for Grace” is a tribute in three acts - a fascinating musical and visual journey through Princess Grace’s life from Philadelphia girl, to Hollywood star and finally to Princess.
Robert Wilson explains, "I have always been a great admirer of Princess Grace. She had impeccable style, she was noble and human at the same time. It has been a privilege to continue my collaboration with Montblanc on this project and a joy to work with all these wonderful performers.”
Following the show, guests will be invited to walk across the square to the iconic Hotel de Paris for a sumptuous dinner in the presence of the Princely Family. Guests attending the event in Monaco include: Naomi Watts, Jerry Hall, Daryl Hannah, Olivia Palermo, Emmanuelle Béart, Elsa Pataky and more.
Montblanc has been privileged to enjoy a very special relationship with the Principality of Monaco in recent years. Montblanc’s journey started with the world premiere of the Montblanc Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 in 2007. This precious skeletonized fountain pen, limited to just 81 pieces, was a celebration of the life of the late Prince Rainier with approximately half of the proceeds from the sale of the pen going to the “Fondation Princesse Grace” in support of cultural projects. Last July, Montblanc was honoured to be a part of the royal wedding of H.S.H. Prince Albert II to H.S.H. Princess Charlene with the creation of a one-of-a-kind gift: a solid white gold writing instrument adorned with 161 rubies and 128 diamonds reflecting the colours of the Principality of Monaco flag. This commemorative pen was used by the newly-weds to sign their wedding contract.
Montblanc has supported artists and cultural initiatives for decades, and is reinforcing its commitment to the arts with the introduction of a partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theatre, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships through the Princess Grace Awards program. The Foundation reflects Princess Grace of Monaco’s life-long commitment to helping emerging artists realise their potential.
The collaboration with the “Princess Grace Foundation-USA” was launched in Los Angeles last February during the Academy Awards, where guests were invited to sign a “wish wall” to the late Princess Grace in support of the Foundation’s work. Since this announcement, the “wish wall” has travelled across the world to some of the most high profile cultural events in the world, including the Montblanc New Voices Award at the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg in June 2011 and the celebration of 10 years of the Young Directors Project powered by Montblanc at the Salzburg Festival in August 2011. Following the launch in September, the “wall” will continue its journey to New York City, where it will be featured at the Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s annual gala in November 2011. The “wall”, featuring the heartfelt wishes of some of the greatest names in entertainment, art and culture will be donated to the Foundation.
About the Princess Grace Foundation-USA:
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded more than 25 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace [Kelly]. The Foundation's mission, that mirrors Princess Grace's in Her lifetime, is to support emerging artists in theater, dance and film through the awarding of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Since the Foundation's inception, more than 700 Awards have been given to recipients, totaling more than $8.5 million. Some notable Princess Grace Awards winners in Theater include: 2008 Tony® Award winner for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro; Pulitzer and Tony® Award winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Academy Award® winner Eric Simonson. Film winners include: Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants; Greg Mottola, director of Paul, Adventureland and Superbad; and Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre. Dance/Choreography winners include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre's Gillian Murphy, Ethan Stiefel and Sarah Lane; as well as choreographers Andrea Miller and Dominic Walsh. For more information, please visit www.pgfusa.org.
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