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Miss G, The Private World Of Greta Garbo

A style exhibition at the Belmacz paid homage to the Swedish Hollywood screen star Greta Garbo.

Through her clothes you got to know the real star behind all the Hollywood glamour.

A star who was once famously quoted as saying that she wanted to be left alone. 

Newspaper Clipping of Greta Garbo

Miss G, The Private World Of Greta Garbo, was curated by designer Julia Muggenburg and Fashion Historian Bronwyn Cosgrave. It featured items from an auction of Garbo’s possessions which was staged at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

Valentina Ensemble, 1956

British designers Manolo Blahnik, MBE and Stephen Jones also paid homage to her by contributing their own Greta Garbo inspired fashion items.

Manolo with a two tone blue and black suede brogue from his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection and Stephen Jones with a wool jersey hat.

Manolo has fond memories of Greta Garbo as she was often found, window shopping at his West 54th Street boutique.

Stephen Jones took inspiration from a hat that Greta herself designed for the film Ninotchka (1939), where she portrayed a Soviet spy.

Vanetina Dress, 1951

Contributions also come from her neighbour and designer Valentina Schlee. 

Valentina advised Greta to “Dress for the century, not the moment.”


Among the other items on display was her floral-patterned all-in-one yoga costume plus matching headband.

Health & fitness was a big part of her everyday life and she was even a follower of the pioneering fitness guru Joseph Pilates.

“She was ahead of her time, the first modern woman,” claims curator Julia Muggenburg.

  • Greta Lovisa Gustafson was born September 18th 1905 Stockholm Sweden. She was the youngest of three children.
  • Greta Starred in 28 movies from 1922 - 1941. She received 4 Oscar nominations for Best Actress.
  • In 1954 she received a honorary Academy Award for her Unforgettable Screen Performances.
  • By the 1930s she was one of the highest paid woman in America.
  • Greta moved to New York after the Second World War, where she stayed until her death in 1990.
Garbo's Keepsake Handkerchief

The Private World of Greta Garbo

Belmacz Ltd

45 Davies Street, London W1K 4LX

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