Museum of Style Icons
The Museum hosts numerous collections and artefacts relating to Stars of the Silver Screen and many modern day artists - including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, the Beatles and many more.
‘Audrey, A Tribute to Givenchy’ Opens at Newbridge Silverware
The newest exhibition at Newbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons entitled, ‘Audrey, A Tribute to Givenchy’ is now open. The exhibition tells the story of Audrey and French Couturier Hubert de Givenchy, as well as the connection between Newbridge Silverware’s CEO, William Doyle and Givenchy.
The exhibition features six stunning items created by Givenchy especially for Audrey Hepburn along with details and images from the meeting of William Doyle, CEO of Newbridge Silverware and Hubert de Givenchy in November 2016. A highlight of the display is an alternative design created by Givenchy in 2016 for the Museum of Style Icons’ floral dress from the movie Funny Face.
The aristocratic French designer and maker of style icons, Hubert de Givenchy whose death occurred on 10th March 2018 left an indelible mark on the world of fashion. The designer has long been associated with the actress Audrey Hepburn who was a lifelong client and who famously said, “Givenchy’s clothes are the only ones I feel myself in. He is more than a designer, he is a creator of personality.” Indeed, the pair were so close that the actress had a clause written into her contract that only Givenchy could dress her for her movies.
In December 2006, William Doyle, CEO of Newbridge Silverware went to an auction at Christie’s in London in the hope that he could purchase some of Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic movie garments for his collection. He got into a bidding war for the black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn as ‘Holly Golightly’ in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's’ but was outbid by an anonymous French telephone bidder. It later transpired that the anonymous bidder was Givenchy himself who wanted the dress- at any cost.
After that memorable auction in Christie’s, Givenchy enquired who the under bidder was for the little black Audrey dress and learnt it was William Doyle. The pair developed a fashion friendship and when Givenchy was holding his 2016 fashion exhibition ‘To Audrey with Love’ at The Hague he knew just where to go to borrow some pieces. Newbridge Silverware loaned Givenchy three key garments for his exhibition, the yellow beautifully cut floral dress from the movie ‘Funny Face’, the mustard coloured coat from Audrey’s 1963 film ‘Charade’ and a green two-piece suit worn by Grace Kelly in 1961 on her state visit to Ireland, as well as her visit to the White House in the same year. William Doyle met with Hubert de Givenchy at the launch of the exhibition and Givenchy credited him on the condition of the garments.
Audrey, A Tribute to Givenchy opens at the Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware from Friday, May 4th 2018. It is open 7 days a week. The museum also features garments and interesting artefacts from several Hollywood stars, musicians, and celebrities. Adult Admission: €7, Seniors and Students: €5. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.newbridgesilverware.com/tickets
Audrey Hepburn - Funny Face
In the movie, Funny Face (1957), Audrey plays a serious bookshop clerk and amateur philosopher named Jo Stockton. Jo gets noticed in the background of a fashion shoot and is asked to be the face of a new campaign. The film follows Jo’s journey to become a model and her relationship with a photographer, played by Fred Astaire, whom she meets on the way.
Funny Face Dress
This Givenchy designed silk, floral print dress was worn in the movie Funny Face and for promotional purposes around its release. The fabric has a repeat pattern of orange, yellow and white flowers with a delicate green leaf detail. The dress has a boat neckline with cap sleeves, a full skirt with net petticoats and a slight apron detail at the hips.
Funny Face Hat
The dress is accompanied here by a covered straw hat with green, orange and yellow sheer fabric, which was worn by Audrey in the movie while she sings, “How Long Has This Been Going On”. It was also designed by Givenchy.
A Rugby Player’s Guide to The Museum of Style Icons
One of our brand ambassadors, Irish rugby hero, Rob Kearney presents his guide to some of the key exhibits at the award winning Museum of Style Icons.
Click on the links below to watch Rob’s Guides:
- Princess Grace
- Princess Diana
- Audrey Hepburn
- Naomi Campbell
- Marilyn Monroe
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10:00 - 18:00
Restaurant closes at 17:00
Museum Admission Times:
Monday - Saturday: From 09:30 with last admission at 16.30
Sunday & Public Holidays: From 10.30 with last admission at 16.30
- Adults €7
- Senior Citizens / Students €5
- Under 12's free with a paying adult
For group bookings and guided tours (minimum numbers 10 people), please contact email@example.com or call +353 (0)45 431301 and dial 0.
Tickets can be purchased upon arrival at our Visitor Centre or buy tickets now.
Free parking in our dedicated Visitor Centre car park
Athgarvan Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland, W12 HT62
- Wheelchair accessible
- Tour groups welcome
Only 30 mins from Dublin. Take the M7 from Dublin (main road to Limerick, Killarney and Cork). Leave M7 at Junction 10 and follow the signs. Driving from Cork, take Junction 12 off M7 and follow the signs.
Multiple bus operators and services through Newbridge with buses stopping in Newbridge main street approx 10 mins walk. See www.buseireann.ie, dublincoach.ie for timetable, fares and online bookings.
Irish Rail train service available at Newbridge Train Station, station road, Newbridge, approx 20 mins walk to Newbridge Silverware. Taxis at station. Normal Service between 7am and 7pm daily (@ 30mins from Dublin). See www.irishrail.ie for up to date timetable, fares and online bookings.
Thank you for your prompt service and the gift bags. Much appreciated. Thrilled with my pens, for my American friends.
A late thank you for reorganising the new delivery. They arrived and were very well received. Thanks for the great service. Look forward to making ...
I would just like to Thank You very much for your excellent service. I received my Newbridge Silverware order by DHL delivery this morning and I am...