Monday 25 September 2017

Style icons

You can’t call yourself a movie or costume buff if you haven’t yet visited the wonderful (and free) Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware

Photography by Peter Evers Fashion edited by Constance Harris

Sophia (left) wears: Kim Kardashian’s dress, Awake, Museum of Style Icons. Earrings, €25; rings, from €20; man’s watch, €70, all Newbridge Silverware. Helen (standing) wears: Embroidered organza dress, €2,000, to order, Helen Cody. Earrings, €25, Amy for Newbridge Silverware. Necklace, Helen’s own. Celia (sitting) wears; Dress, €391, Caroline Kilkenny. Shoes, were €325 now €150, LK Bennett, Kildare Village. Earrings, €25, Amy for Newbridge Silverware; bangles, from €20 to €60; rings, from €20; dress watch, €55, all Newbridge Silverware. Caoimhe wears: Christina Hendricks’s dress, Fernanda Modas, MOSI. Shoes, 39.95, iClothing. Earrings, €25; matching pendant, €30, both Amy for Newbridge Silverware. Mannequin: Silk-chiffon jacket, worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) in which she starred alongside Laurence Olivier. Marilyn also wore the jacket on the front cover of Sight and Sound magazine in 1957
Sophia (left) wears: Kim Kardashian’s dress, Awake, Museum of Style Icons. Earrings, €25; rings, from €20; man’s watch, €70, all Newbridge Silverware. Helen (standing) wears: Embroidered organza dress, €2,000, to order, Helen Cody. Earrings, €25, Amy for Newbridge Silverware. Necklace, Helen’s own. Celia (sitting) wears; Dress, €391, Caroline Kilkenny. Shoes, were €325 now €150, LK Bennett, Kildare Village. Earrings, €25, Amy for Newbridge Silverware; bangles, from €20 to €60; rings, from €20; dress watch, €55, all Newbridge Silverware. Caoimhe wears: Christina Hendricks’s dress, Fernanda Modas, MOSI. Shoes, 39.95, iClothing. Earrings, €25; matching pendant, €30, both Amy for Newbridge Silverware. Mannequin: Silk-chiffon jacket, worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) in which she starred alongside Laurence Olivier. Marilyn also wore the jacket on the front cover of Sight and Sound magazine in 1957
Kim Kardashian’s dress, Tadashi Shoji, MOSI. Sandals, were €460, now €270, Versus by Versace, Kildare Village. Earrings, €25; model’s right hand: cuff, €25, ring, from €20; model’s left hand: cuff, €35; man’s watch, €70; ring, from €20, all Newbridge Silverware Kim wore this lace bandage dress by Tadashi Shoji to the Trevor Project’s 12th Annual ‘Cracked Christmas’ at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles in December 2009. Shoji is a Japanese-born, American fashion designer and the creator of the Tadashi Shoji and T by Tadashi clothing labels.
Christina Hendrick’s dress, Fernanda Modas, MOSI. Earrings, €25; matching pendant, €30, both Amy for Newbridge Silverware. Low-back, strapless plunge bra (worn under dress), €110, Cosabella; breast enhancers (worn in bra), €35 per pair, Secrets, both Susan Hunter. Christina Hendricks, who played Joan Harris in the award-winning Mad Men, wore this knee-length, low-cut, red vintage dress by Fernanda Modas on the cover of Rolling Stone in September 2010, alongside fellow cast members Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss and January Jones. The dress was acquired by Janie Bryant, Mad Men’s award-winning costumier, specially for the Rolling Stone shoot.
Celia wears: Dress, €939, Osman, Emporium Kalu. Sandals, were €325 now €172, LK Bennett, Kildare Village. Bangles, from €20 to €60; rings, from €20; dress watch, €55, all Newbridge Silverware. Mannequin: Princess Diana’s dress, Christina Stambolian, MOSI “Princess Diana was so beautiful, we were fascinated by her. As she lived and grew up, so did we,” says Celia Holman-Lee, standing beside Princess Diana’s so-called ‘revenge dress’. Designed by Christina Stambolian and famously worn by Princess Diana in June 1994, to the Serpentine Gallery’s summer party on the night that Prince Charles, in a televised interview with Jonathan Dimbleby, admitted his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. Princess Diana’s sexy appearance in this dress changed the world’s perception of her, forever.
Lace and feather dress, €2,500, to order, Helen Cody. Earrings, €39; bracelets, from €25 to €55, all Newbridge Silverware. Shoes, Helen’s own. Mannequin: Grace Kelly’s dress from ‘High Society’, Helen Rose, MOSI “What struck me first about the Helen Rose dress was that Grace Kelly had a 19-inch waist! In my whole career, I have never seen such a miniscule waist,” says Helen. “It’s an exquisitely made, subtle, timeless dress. It is a style that has been much copied and has never dated.” Helen stands beside a silk gown from 1956, designed by Hollywood A-list costume designer and twice Academy Award-winner Helen Rose. The dress was worn by Grace Kelly in High Society, which was to be the actress’s last film role before she became Princess Consort of Monaco. The Museum of Style Icons is located in Newbridge Silverware’s Visitor Centre, Athgarvan Rd, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, tel: (045) 431-301, or see newbridgesilverware.com for details on tours, exhibitions, opening hours, etc

One of my favourite things to do with my mother is visit the Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

I cannot recommend MOSI highly enough. It's free; it's gorgeous; it's always changing, and afterwards one can enjoy a slap-up meal in Newbridge Silverware's excellent eatery, Cafe Carleton, named after the famous American interior designer Carleton Varney, who also designed it.

This year marks MOSI's 10th anniversary. MOSI first began when Newbridge Silverware CEO, William Doyle, bought a Givenchy-designed dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Charade. Since then, MOSI has become one of the most significant private collections of memorabilia from the worlds of Hollywood, music and celebrity.

This year is also the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. Here, too, MOSI distinguishes itself by having one of the largest private collections of Princess Diana memorabilia. MOSI even lends to international exhibitions dedicated to her life.

What I didn't realise until a visit last March to view the stunning work of Joseff - an early-Hollywood costume jeweller - courtesy of Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles, was that MOSI's collections aren't just about wonderful costume designers, such as Edith Head.

Nor is it all about the amazing gowns that Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Jayne Mansfield et al, wore at the height of their careers.

Kim Kardashian’s dress, Awake, MOSI. This pink structured dress was worn by Kim Kardashian in 2014 and is from London-based label Awake. Natalia Alaverdian — a Russian-born, Belgium-raised, half-Armenian fashion director, stylist, photographer and designer — founded the label in 2012. Awake is an acronym for ‘All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm’. It was Kim’s husband, Kanye West, who first introduced her to the brand.
Kim Kardashian’s dress, Awake, MOSI. This pink structured dress was worn by Kim Kardashian in 2014 and is from London-based label Awake. Natalia Alaverdian — a Russian-born, Belgium-raised, half-Armenian fashion director, stylist, photographer and designer — founded the label in 2012. Awake is an acronym for ‘All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm’. It was Kim’s husband, Kanye West, who first introduced her to the brand.

MOSI is also about modern classics-to-be. The museum's collection now features several of Kim Kardashian's dresses, and Christina Hendricks's red dress from Rolling Stone's iconic Mad Men cover of 2010.

To celebrate MOSI's amazing history, we asked couturier Helen Cody - herself a designer to the stars - and style icon Celia Holman-Lee to pick their favourite dresses from the MOSI collection.

For a further bit of fun, we did a model search to find our very own 'Kim' and 'Christina' to model those stars' actual dresses for our pages.

So convincing was model Sophia Scott (our Kim Kardashian) that, within hours of her arrival at our studio in Newbridge, the town was abuzz with the news that Kim Kardashian was visiting Newbridge Silverware!

MOSI is not just for girls, either. Currently, there is a cool 1960s-era exhibition based around Donovan's career, which has the original vinyl generation bopping around MOSI's corridors.

Far out, man.

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