Miss G: The Private World of Greta Garbo
Belmacz, London
15 February - 19 March 2013
45 Davies Street, London W1
+44 20 7629 7863

Miss G., The Private World of Greta Garbo, displays items from the personal wardrobe and New York home of Greta Garbo alongside contemporary designs to reveal that the true nature of the legendary Swedish actress - ranked as one of the greatest film stars of all time - was starkly different to the mysterious, solitary character conjured in Hollywood to promote her movies.

The curators of Miss G., Belmacz designer Julia Muggenburg and fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave, acquired the artwork, couture and decorative objects to be exhibited from a landmark auction of Garbo’s possessions which was recently staged at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

Ensembles from the expansive wardrobe made-to-measure for Garbo by her neighbour, Valentina Schlee, include sharp skirt suits of black wool gauze and crêpe de chine, dated 1951 and 1956, respectively. The Valentina couture will be exhibited alongside Garbo’s own monogramed handkerchiefs and wrist-length gloves to evoke her fastidiousness and timeless flair, which Valentina encouraged. A trio of custom-made black hats by Valentina which will be displayed include a wide-brimmed one of braided raffia, are, indeed, utterly contemporary and allude to the protection Garbo sought from millinery.

Garbo’s lifelong commitment to fitness is illuminated by a floral-patterned all-in-one yoga costume plus its matching headband. Garbo practiced yoga everyday and was an early disciple of pionerring fitness guru Joseph Pilates. “She was ahead of her time, the first modern woman,” claims Julia Muggenburg.