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Sharon Tate - the exhibition at Newbridge Museum of Style Icons celebrating her life and iconic style

Actress Sharon Tate's personal style epitomised the Swinging Sixties, but her life story was overshadowed by her brutal death, writes Rose Mary Roche

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American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) wearing a pink top and headband, circa 1968.

American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) wearing a pink top and headband, circa 1968.

Past perfect:US Actress Sharon Tate and film director Roman Polanski after their wedding in Chelsea register Office in 1968

Past perfect:US Actress Sharon Tate and film director Roman Polanski after their wedding in Chelsea register Office in 1968

A dress worn by Sharon Tate to the Golden Globes appears in an exhibition at the Newbridge Museum of Style Icons from October 8-25, 2018

A dress worn by Sharon Tate to the Golden Globes appears in an exhibition at the Newbridge Museum of Style Icons from October 8-25, 2018

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American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) wearing a pink top and headband, circa 1968.

Looking at any image of Sharon Tate, the viewer is struck not only by the symmetrical proportions of her exquisite face and her tranquil expression, but also by a latent vulnerability in her immense brown eyes and wide, warm smile. The appalling and arbitrary nature of her death has defined Sharon's memory in popular culture since 1969, but now her murder - which shocked Hollywood and halted the frenzied momentum of the Swinging Sixties - is the least important narrative in a new exhibition that aims to restore her to her rightful place as a pop culture icon and muse for designers, artists and film-makers who are still inspired by her magnetism today.

The Sharon Tate show at the Newbridge Museum of Style Icons is one of the most intriguing exhibits in its history, spanning a collection of personal possessions, fashion and photographs that belonged to the actress and model, which were retrieved from her home by her father after her death. The items are a selection from over 100 to be auctioned by Julien's of Hollywood on November 17, from the estate of Tate, which has been guarded by her sister Debra since 2000. The auction has been the source of acute interest from collectors, museums and the general public due to the tragic circumstances of Tate's death on August 9, 1969, when the actress and four others were brutally murdered by the Manson Family at her home on 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, LA.


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