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Vintage lovers will have to steady themselves with the news that Newbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) will host one of the most significant exhibitions of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia in the world from Saturday 25th June – Monday 25th July 2016.

The collection will feature film costumes, personal gowns, jewellery, never before seen letters and photographs belonging to the screen icon and is a rare opportunity for the general public to view this prolific collection before it goes under the hammer in LA in November. Newbridge is the last European stop before this exhibition goes to the US on tour. 

This collection also includes tangible items left behind to mark simple and remarkable moments in Marilyn’s life and career, from a taxi receipts to cheques, household items, books, beauty products and tax documents listing the star’s expenditures in great detail. 

“We are honoured to welcome this unbelievable exhibition to the Museum of Style Icons,” said William Doyle, CEO, Newbridge Silverware.

“This will be the most noteworthy collections of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia in the world and is a must-see for not only Monroe fans but anyone who is a fan of the golden era of Hollywood. The collection comprises some of her most famous garments as well as personal letters and photographs and provides a fascinating insight into the woman.”

A one-hour guided tour is available of The Museum of Style Icons, which will include the Marilyn Monroe Exhibition.  Book now at www.newbridgesilverware.com or call 045 431301. The cost is €5 per person, and the proceeds go towards the conservation of the museum collection.  The Museum of Style Icons is free to enter and open seven days a week. 



For any true fashion lover, it is a marvel to see vintage clothes, especially worn by some of the world's greatest stars.

Well, Newbridge Silverware Museum has just launched it's 'Audrey' collection, and it promises to give more than ever before.

Showcasing vintage clothes worn by Audrey Hepburn both off and on-screen, the Style Icons museum will give you a serious glimpse into the actress's life.

As well as exhibiting outfits worn in her hit movies and at her son's christening, the museum will also feature the dress she was wearing when she won the Oscar for Best Actress in Roman Holiday.

There's also a variety of exciting additions to the museum as clothes worn by Kim and Khloe Kardashian will also be showcased.

But that's not all. If you're a Mad Men fan, vintage gowns worn by the show's stars, January Jones and Christina Hendricks, will also be on show – and they're too gorgeous for words.

So, if you want a glimpse of vintage or a look into the lives of some of the world's biggest icons, Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons is open seven days a week, and you can book here

It's a day out not to be missed.


“Accentuate the positives and eliminate the negatives!"

This was the style advice which legendary actress Joan Collins had to share with SHEmazing earlier today at the unveiling of her collection at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons.

"Focus on the good parts rather than what you don’t like,” she replied when asked what advice she would give to any budding fashionistas.

The actress was on hand to unveil her incredible collection which boasts a range of fashion and jewellery  belonging to the Dynasty actress that are a must-see for any fan of fashion or indeed film.

And certainly, Ms Collins did turn heads when she arrived in Newbridge earlier.

She was wearing an outfit which she designed herself and had previously debuted at Buckingham Palace when she received her DBE (meaning she's a legitimate Dame).

The white peplum hemmed dress and matching capped jacket were paired with some very elegant Newbridge Silver pieces, naturally. This particular ensemble is one which Ms Collins said will be auctioned in December at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.

Some of the pieces include personal favourites such as the couture halter dress which she wore on the red carpet of the Doctor Dolittle premiere.

Another personal favourite which the star included in the collection- a beaded Yves Saint Laurent jacket; which was her "go-to Christmas party piece for over 20 years."

Speaking about her personal style, the actress noted that she believes it does require a certain amount of disciple to maintain such ‘effortless’ glamour.

She added a healthy lifestyle would help and avoids excess sugar whenever possible- and it certainly shows as the 82-year old is quite radiant despite joking she had recently experienced something of a "cola hangover" after she had her first soft drink in almost two years. 

She noted Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren as some of her favourite designers along with Donna Karen as they design clothes “for women and not for teenage girls.”

Working alongside some of Hollywood’s most well-known faces, including Elizabeth Taylor and recently Elizabeth Hurley in the E! drama series The Royals, the screen legend said it is "incredibly difficult" for young actresses to get started now.

Meanwhile, she noted that older actresses are still feeling the pressure to be as thin as possible for certain roles:

"I have heard from some fellow female actresses that even though they weigh 8 stone, they may be told to lose even more weight."

Helen Mirren and Judi Dench were two actresses whom Ms Collins noted as rising above the film industry's body image trends and producing great work in fascinating roles. Something which she herself seemed keen to do-  in Ireland no less.

While she has not worked in Ireland before, she did reveal that it is her intention to work on a project based here in the future. 

"A modern Thelma and Louise type buddy film about two women who travel from Ireland through England and into France to find happiness," is how she describes the film. 

While no official word was given as to who would take on the role of Joan's pal in the project she did note that she's a big Meryl Streep fan- aren't we all?

CEO of Newbridge Silverware William Doyle said of the collection: “It is an honour to have the legendary Dame Joan Collins represented at the Museum of Style Icons. The collection is filled with a number of show stopping pieces and we are proud to introduce them all to our visitors.”

The Museum of Style Icons will display the Collection of Dame Joan Collins free of charge to the public until Sunday 8 November. The exclusive exhibition will give fans the chance to see the prized pieces before they go on sale at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. You can find more information on the Newbridge Silverware website here



Easter weekend could be one of the most perfect weekends of the year. Not only do we get the chance to gorge ourselves shamelessly on chocolate, but Monday's also a day off work for most of us. Win.

If you're planning to peel yourself off the couch this bank holiday weekend and walk off some of those chocolate-fuelled calories, then why not make a girly day of it and check out the Newbridge Silverware Showrooms and Museum of Style Icons?

The showrooms feature the full range of Newbridge Silverware's jewellery, homeware, giftware and accessories collections, so you can choose to browse your time away or pick up a few gifts – for yourself, of course…

If you're looking for something a little different, check out the Guinness by Newbridge Silverware Collection, including a stunning range of jewellery, homeware and decorations all inspired by Ireland's iconic brew.

Upstairs, the Museum of Style Icons will wow any fashionista, boasting one of the world’s largest and most unique collections of style and cinema memorabilia including garments once worn by Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace, Princess Diana and Michael Jackson.

The museum's new Modern Collection also features pieces worn by style queens such as Angelina Jolie and Victoria Beckham.

Finish of your day with a dining experience at the Silver Restaurant, opening at 9am daily and serving lunch from noon – 3pm plus Afternoon Tea until 5pm.