16th April 2013 – Much anticipated for the end of the year is the new film about Grace Kelly, Princes Grace of Monaco, played by Nicole Kidman. Still a source of inspiration for young people today, Princess Grace was renowned for her elegance and refinement. Part of her beautiful wardrobe were the Christian Dior gloves she wore – long, short, leather or otherwise, they were the fashion accessory of the ‘50’s and they were made in the Midi-Pyrenees, in the glove capital of France – Millau in the Aveyron.
As Nicole Kidman slips effortlessly into ‘becoming’ Grace Kelly, she equally slips on the famous gloves still made in Millau to this very day. The Maison Fabre has been supplying these beautiful gloves to the top fashion houses in Paris for many years, but their popularity has been given a big boost due to the making of this film with one of the most famous actresses in the world. Maison Fabre made Nicole Kidman twenty pairs of gloves, from long lamb’s leather to short French cotton and satin. She is not the only star to have had Maison Fabre gloves – Sharon Stone, Lady Gaga and Madonna are all fans.
At one time the Maison Fabre fell upon hard times when cheaper gloves from Asia flooded the market. Founder Rose Fabre’s son Olivier left his journalistic studies to save the company which he did by concentrating on the luxury end of the market even though he lost a few clients on the way, the company more than made up for it with a new raft of top end fashion houses clambering for their products. Fabre were approached by Chanel but preferred not to put their lot in with one company but fulfil orders to many as they have done in recent years. Neighbour Causse gloves did sign and are now part of the Chanel empire.
The film by Olivier Dahan will be premiered at the end of 2013. It is not a biopic nor faction, it concentrates on the part of her life when Grace Kelly became a princess in 1962 and showcases her fragility, her fears and her great humanity.
|Note to Editors: Whether you prefer to spend your time experiencing culture, pursuing an activity or enjoying typical French hospitality, the Midi-Pyrénées appeals to most tastes. Midi-Pyrénées is the largest region of south-west France. From Toulouse, The Pink City, to the banks of the Canal du Midi, the grandiose spectacle of the Cirque de Gavarnie or the Millau Viaduct, authentic villages oozing with character such as Saint-Cirque Lapopie and exuberant festivals like Jazz in Marciac, explore all the possibilities that Midi-Pyrénées offers. The region is easily accessible from the UK with direct flights from London Stansted to Rodez and from London Gatwick, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Dublin to Toulouse. For more information, visit www.tourism-midi-pyrenees.co.uk or call +33 561 13 55 12.
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