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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.


LBD Exhibition Launches the Newly Extended Museum of Style Icons

Now established as one of the world’s greatest style, fashion and popular culture collections, the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge is delighted to announce the opening of a brand new exhibition area, which will be dedicated to visiting exhibitions. “LBD, the little black dress” will be the first exhibition unveiled in the new space. It runs until 31st January 2019.

The Museum of Style Icons started 11 years ago when CEO of Newbridge Silverware, William Doyle purchased a little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1963 film, Charade. It is therefore fitting that the new extension to the museum launches with a collection of little black dresses from the 1920’s right up to today.

Coco Chanel is credited with creating the LBD in the 1920’s, describing it as "a sort of uniform for women all over the world, from all backgrounds regardless of their walk of life". Before Chanel, black clothing was the colour of mourning, servitude and religious devotees. Chanel’s black was a radical style statement of chic minimalism and modernity. It was also another expression of her central philosophy that women should dress “comme des garcons” – like the boys. By which she meant adopting a simple, practical and elegant way of dressing, completely opposed to the elaborate and highly decorative style of the Parisian Belle Époque at the time.

The “LBD, the little black dress” exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons will house some of the greatest names in fashion from the last century including of course Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Alaia, Gianni Versace, Gucci, Jean Paul Gautier, Balenciaga, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen and much more.

Highlight pieces include an unlabelled 1920’s cocktail dress, which is in pristine condition. Made from rayon, an inexpensive alternative to silk satin, the style of this dress closely resembles the minimal style that made Chanel famous. It showcases that great style truly never goes out of fashion. Another key piece is an Anthony Price velvet dress with an extraordinary sculptured neckline from the late 1980’s. The structure of this piece is truly spectacular. There is also an Alaia hooded dress from 1987, which became synonymous with the designer and was worn famously by Grace Jones and appeared in the Robert Palmer video for Addicted to Love. This garment is exceptionally made with a spiral zip as a key detail.

Speaking of the museum expansion and upcoming exhibition, Marie Brennan from the Museum of Style Icons commented “It’s an exciting time for the museum as the new extension will dramatically increase the exhibition space and allow us greater freedom for housing visiting exhibitions. This LBD exhibition is a must-see for style and fashion lovers. It shows the versatility as well as the evolution of the black dress into a fashion stable. Every woman has a LBD in their wardrobe and this exhibition will make you want to invest in more.”

The Museum of Style Icons is located at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre in Co Kildare and houses one of the greatest collections of style, fashion and popular culture. It is open seven days per week and admission is €7 for adults and €5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchase in advance online at www.newbridgesilverware.com/tickets or in-store. The Museum of Style Icons is a must-visit attraction.



The Cobain family to open an exhibition of personal artefacts belonging to the legend Kurt Cobain, at Ireland’s Museum of Style Icons, one of the world’s leading pop culture museums. His car, his clothing, his art.

Kurt Cobain’s mother, sisters and daughter will bring to Ireland, never before exhibited, personal artefacts belonging to the legendary rock star. The Cobain family will be meeting international and national press on the 17th and 18th July from 11am, as part of the opening event and the exhibition will continue through to 30th September 2018.

Cobain’s Irish roots are well known. He believed that his family originated in County Cork but in fact his Irish ancestors emigrated from Carrickmore, County Tyrone, in 1875.

Cobain’s family has specially curated some of his very personal items for this once in a lifetime commemoration. The Museum of Style Icons will house Kurt’s drawings and sketches along with clothing, hand-written lyrics and the only known car Kurt owned during his life, a powder blue 1965 Dodge Dart.

The opening of ‘Growing Up Kurt Cobain’ Exhibition will be attended by Kurt’s mother Wendy O’Connor, two sisters Kim Cobain and Olivia O’Connor and daughter Frances Bean Cobain to celebrate his Irish heritage.

Frances Bean Cobain, says: “I am so thrilled to participate and support my family as they honor their brother and son at The Museum of Style Icons in Ireland. I have always been the most intimately informed of who my father was by my grandmother and aunts. I am so ecstatic that their view of who Kurt was gets to be celebrated with Nirvana fans the world over”.

William Doyle, owner of the Museum of Style Icons, comments: “These items have never previously been seen by the public and it’s an incredible honor to be a part of this amazing exhibition. We have handled exhibitions of Michael Jackson, Cher, Prince and many other fashion icons and we expect this exhibition of Kurt’s life to be one of our greatest exhibitions curated by our museum.

As the Cobain family has never done anything like this previously, industry pundits say that it “will likely be as big as the recent Pink Floyd and David Bowie exhibitions that took place at the V&A in London.”

Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Born in Aberdeen Washington, Cobain formed the band Nirvana with Krist Novoselic and Aaron Burckhard in 1987 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene which later became known as ‘Grunge’. Nirvana's debut album Bleach was released on the independent record label SubPop in 1989.

Nirvana found breakthrough success with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ from their second album ‘Nevermind’ in 1991. Following that success, Nirvana was labelled "the flagship band" of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as "the spokesman of a generation". Cobain, however, was uncomfortable with the label, believing his message and artistic vision had been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal problems often subject to media attention.

Kurt’s sister, Kim Cobain, concludes: "With this exhibition we hope to bring the focus back to his roots, vision, and artistic genius to inspire everyone not to lose their creativity and childlike wonder."

After the Exhibition ends at The Museum of Style Icons on September 30 in Newbridge, Ireland, it will continue at The Museo de la Moda in Santiago Chile.




Liza Minnelli’s Cabaret Outfit

This notable garment was worn by Liza Minnelli in her most famous role as Sally Bowles in the 1972 film, Cabaret.

Set in Berlin in 1931, the film follows American cabaret singer Bowles as she meets British academic Brian Roberts (played by Michael York), who is finishing his university studies. A love triangle ensues which is played out against the rise of the Nazi party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic. 

Minnelli was born in March 1946 and is the daughter of film actress and singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.  She began her career as a teenager and has appeared in over 20 films as well as working on stage and in TV.


Opening Times:


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

Museum Tickets:

- Adults €7 
- Senior Citizens / Students €5 
- Under 12's free with a paying adult

Group Tours: 

For group bookings and guided tours (minimum numbers 10 people), please contact tourinfo@newbridgesilverware.com or call +353 (0)45 431301 and dial 0.

Factory Guided Tour:

- Adults €12 
- Senior Citizens / Students €10 
- Under 12's free with a paying adult

Factory Tour Admission Times:

Monday - Sunday: 10:30, 11:30 and 14:00

Group Tours: 

For group bookings (maximum 10 people), please contact tourinfo@newbridgesilverware.com or call +353 (0)45 431301 and dial 0.

The Newbridge Silverware Factory is a fully functional facility and is in production from Monday to Friday. At the weekends, the tour will showcase the factory in a different light as the machines will be dormant but the experience for visitors will remain astounding.

Tickets can be purchased upon arrival at our Visitor Centre or buy tickets now.

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Visitors please note, the majority of the factory craftsmen are on annual leave for the last two weeks of July so the factory is at reduced capacity during this time.   The Factory Tour Experience is still not to be missed. 


Free parking in our dedicated Visitor Centre car park


Athgarvan Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland, W12 HT62

Tel:+353(0)45 431301

Email: service@newbridgesilverware.com

- Wheelchair accessible

- Tour groups welcome


53°10`34.48"N 6°47`48.87"W


Getting There:

By Car:

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.

By Bus:

Multiple bus operators and services through Newbridge with buses stopping in Newbridge main street approx 10mins walk. See www.buseireann.ie, dublincoach.ie for timetable, fares and online bookings.

By Train:

Irish Rail train service available at Newbridge Train Station, station road, Newbridge, approx 20mins 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. Click here to see walking directions.


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