Thursday, June 7, 2012

Museum of Style Icons

Last Friday I took a trip to Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre with my parents. My mother is a big fan of Newbridge silverware, after buying it bit by bit she now has a gorgeous Celtic pattern set of cutlery in a beautiful lined wooden box that only comes out for special occasions. 

I've wanted to visit their recently Museum of Style Icons for a while. They have acquired a wide collection of costumes, clothing, props and accessories from various stars of film, television and music. I took some photos with my baby Samsung camera so the quality isn't great but for anyone interested in film or vintage clothing it is a real treat and I just wanted to share it with you!







Worn by Jean Simmons in the 1960 film Spartacus. Seen here


Worn by Clark Gable in Gone With The Wind (1939)


Earrings worn by Rita Hayworth in Salome (1953) and Blouse worn in Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)
You can see the earrings here and the blouse here


Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy coat from Charade (1963) Seen here



A Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Seen here


Dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957) Seen here


Pucci dress worn by Marilyn Monroe


The polka dot umbrella used in Marilyn Monroe's 1949 photo shoot with Andre de Dienes. 



A Givenchy dress worn by Grace Kelly on her official visit to Ireland in 1961 and again on her visit to the White House to meet JFK. 


Princess Diana's 1994 "Revenge" dress


Original costume design for Doris Day in The Man Who Knew Too Much (I just took a photo of this because I liked the dress so much!)


A patchwork denim jacket worn by Bob Dylan in the 1987 film Hearts of Fire and a Red and White jacket worn by Elvis in the 1968 film Speedway


Suits worn by The Beatles during their promotion of A Hard Day's Night




I was so excited to see the Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly dresses, unfortunately one of the dresses I really wanted to see (Grace Kelly's dress worn in High Society) was on loan to another museum. 

I don't know about you but this is definitely the kind of museum for me! Newbridge Silverware have also designed collections of jewellery pieces inspired by those worn by Grace Kelly and Maureen O'Hara. The pieces are stunning and so reasonably priced. I really want to get the pearl drop earrings from the Grace Kelly collection.

I picked up some Celtic patterned stainless steel pastry forks for Kate while I was there and my mam got me two steak knives and table forks. It's hard to get excited about cutlery but when they're this gorgeous it's easy!

We stopped off in my aunt and uncle's house on the way home and were made a gorgeous dinner and I got to see my two cousins who I don't see that often so that was really nice!

So what do you think, would you be interested in visiting this museum?

Emma x


  1. Yes indeed, Emma. I'd be interested in visiting that museum. As a vintage film buff I would surely get a contact high just being in the same room with garments originally worn by the stars of motion pictures, television and pop music. My favorite color is green and I was instantly drawn to Tippi's suit from The Birds and the dress Grace Kelly wore to Ireland. That Jeannie lamp is gorgeous, too! Thanks for the tour, dear friend!

    1. You're welcome Tom! I was very excited to be in the same room with such pieces of film history! I loved the green grace Kelly dress too, they had photographs of her visit to Ireland too which were great to see!

  2. What a lovely post. I love places like this but unfortunately where I live they are few and far between. I must say my stand out pieces are the Pinl Givenchy dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's and also Diane's revenge dress so powerful!


    1. I agree, it was pretty amazing to see such an iconic dress as Diana's one up close! I am in love with the pink Givenchy dress! I want to find a similar one now!

  3. Wow ! What a lovely post, thank you for sharing these photos :) I've always wanted to visit a museum that shows some classics in movie costumes :)

    1. I've never been to a museum like this before so it was a real treat! :)

  4. For some reason I keep forgetting about this place but it looks amazing - love your pics Emma! Were the dresses tiny? I don't trust that 'Marilyn was a size 16' rumour no matter how much I want to!

    1. Yeah, you should definitely check it out if you feel like taking a trip to Newbridge! I was totally expecting the dresses to be teenie tiny but they weren't as small as I thought they'd be, even Audrey Hepburn's ones. The Marilyn dress was labelled as a size 10 but I'm not sure if that's UK or a US 14. Either way, she was gorgeous! Isn't the pink colour of the dress amazing?!

  5. Oooh I'd love that museum, I adore film costumes! I think your photos came out well too, Emma! x

    1. Thanks Roisin! They're not too bad I guess! ;)

  6. Of course I would want to visit this museum. I loved seeing the I dream of Jeannie lamp. I still enjoy watching that show. The Hepburn coat was also a delight to see. That is a piece I would totally wear right now...someone give it to me :)

    1. I know! I would totally wear most of the dresses I saw! I LOVE that coat, the colour is incredible! I can see myself searching for a similar one this winter! I used to watch the reruns of I Dream of Jeannie when I was in school, it's such a great show that still stand up today!

  7. I would love to visit this museum. So many instantly recognisable pieces. I love Tippi Hedren's 'Birds' suit. How lucky to have this so close by x

    1. Hi Lucy! Yeah I can't believe it's taken me so long to visit it! I love The Birds so it was pretty cool seeing Tippi's dress, she actually visited the museum last week herself!

  8. Errrrmmmmm YES! I couldn't really contain my excitment as I was reading this post. It just kept getting better and better! I was most excited by The 'I Dream of Jeannie' lamp, the Salome earrings and the Marilyn umbrella. I was so suprised they had the umbrella, those pictures are so iconic. I really really wish I could visit this museum Emma but you have done a wonderful job of sharing it. Thank you darlng, I hope you had a lovely day with your Mam. xxx

  9. I'm going to this museum as a 16th birthday present, because I adore Audrey Hepburn! I'm so exited, but also worried that some of her pieces will have been loaned to another museum.... but you saw the whole collection which is putting my mind at rest :) Henry xx


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