Known for her beauty, style and grace, Grace Kelly is regarded as one of the most admired women in the world still today, remembered as an Oscar-winning actress fashion icon, and princess of Monaco. Before becoming a silver-screen goddess, Grace Kelly worked as a model for Old Gold cigarettes and appeared on the covers of magazines, including Cosmopolitan. But once Grace began her acting career, she not only grabbed the attention of Mega-Director Alfred Hitchcock, who featured her in several films, but also the Prince Rainier Grimaldi III of Monaco who later become “Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco”. As a princess, she gave up her extremely successful acting career, in which she had made eleven films and won an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
However, films were not Grace Kelly‘s only impact on society, founding The Princess Grace Foundation in 1964, with the aim of helping those with special needs for whom no provision was made within the ordinary social services. And following the death of Princess Grace of Monaco, The Princess Grace Foundation-USA was established to continue the work that she had started, anonymously, during her lifetime, assisting emerging theater, dance and film artists in America. So, not only was Grace Kelly stunning AND a princess, but she gave back to the world which is so important to do, which is why the designers of Rita in Palma are getting so much attention – their art reflects the grace of Grace Kelly as well as the Social Responsibility each and everyone of us carries and which was an important part also of Grace Kelly’s life.
Rita in Palma’s first collection comprises crocheted lady’s accessories, such as collars, ankle socks and shawls furnished with gilded label tags and chains, handmaking and dying every piece, therefore unique. In addition, Rita in Palma is a social integration project that strictly fights against social exclusion within our society. Rita in Palma, based in Berlin, establishes bonds to citizens of Turkish origin since the main focus of the collection is made up of traditional knitting and crochet work. The designers of Rita in Palma state, “We benefit from their manual excellence and in turn offer them employment”. Beautiful!!! Now if only we had a few more Grace Kellys and Rita in Palmas in this world, would the world definitely be a better place!