'To Catch a Thief'

Grace Kelly gets all the accolades for her chiffon confections in this frothy 1955 caper. But it’s Cary Grant, then 51, who steals the sartorial show. Alfred Hitchcock, a notorious style despot on all his films, allowed the actor to costume himself, which was unheard of until then. Grant spends much of the film, which is set in the South of France, in a jaunty striped sweat shirt that he outlandishly accessorizes with a red, polka-dotted bandanna tucked into the collar. "He was on the cusp of being dowdy, but he looks so great because he has such an ease and elegance," says "Undressing Cinema" author Stella Bruzzi. "And it's one of Hitchcock's less complicated films, so you can focus on the style." Of course, Edith Head's get-ups for Kelly -- from the icy blue chiffon dress to the legendary strapless white gown -- made headlines too. The costume designer introduced the actress to Hermès while shopping for the film's wardrobe in Paris, and sparks flew. The French luxury house later named the Kelly bag after her. More in Image: • 10 classic style movies | Photos • Scene Stealers: Movie costumes that started fashion trends • Style films that packed a punch? Insiders' favorites • Your turn: Share your favorites on our blog
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