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Taking a step 
into Madonna's 
material world

Published 19/08/2014 | 02:30

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Model Julia Mielcarek wearing Madonna’s iconic ‘Material Girl’ dress and jewellery
Model Julia Mielcarek wearing Madonna’s iconic ‘Material Girl’ dress and jewellery
Madonna in the video for Material Girl

Madonna's hot pink 'Material Girl' gown and other treasured possessions from the Queen of Pop's personal and professional wardrobe are predicted to drawn big crowds to Newbridge's Museum of Style.

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The Museum launched travelling exhibition 'Madonna Memorabilia' yesterday. "It is the largest private collection of Madonna's clothes in the world," Newbridge spokeswoman Marie Brennan explained. "All the pieces are exceptional but the sweeping gown is the real showstopper."

Madonna donned the iconic dress in the 1984 music video 'Material Girl', which was inspired by Hollywood film 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.

The dress, complete with white fur stole and costume jewellery, is estimated to be worth up to $30,000 (€22,000).

Madonna is known for reinventing herself and is considered something of a style chameleon. The exhibition, which runs until September 15, will feature pieces from different phases of her career.

The Versace hat and coat she wore in the video for 'Music' in 2000 will stand alongside the distressed denim jeans and vest top combo she favoured while plugging single 'American Pie'.

The exhibition also features Madonna's diary from 1988 which includes notes about an appearance on Late Night With Letterman, dates with her former husband Sean Penn and birthday reminders.

"All items go up for auction in November so it's the last chance to see them," said Ms Brennan ahead of Julien's Auctions' 'Icons & Idols: Rock 'n' Roll' auction in the US.

Irish Independent

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