It is one of the most iconic films of all time: the wonderfully eerie, The Birds, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1963.
It stars Tippi Hedren as the wealthy socialite, Melanie Daniels. And in a film of remarkably few characters, Melanie is central to everything – and undeniably her shock of brilliantly blonde hair and her glamorous demeanour has made a lasting impression on audiences for more than half a century.
Incredibly, she wears just two costumes for the entire duration of the movie: a dark suit with black leather gloves which is seen as the story opens, and the instantly-recognisable green suit which she wears for the rest of her time on-screen. Indeed, only a fox fur coat was added and removed to alter her look.
And now that very same suit has landed in Ireland. As part of a new exhibition dedicated to the Hitchcock classic, it is available to view at the Newbridge Silverware Museum Of Style Icons.
Also on show is Ms Hedren’s white satin evening coat which she wore to the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, as well as to The Birds' London premiere.
This is the first time the beautiful item has been displayed anywhere in the world.
The green suit, a copy of which was worn this week by model Sarah Morrissey, was actually acquired by Newbridge Silverware CEO William Doyle in 2007. However, for the last two years it has been on loan to the V&A museum in London as part of its Hollywood Costume exhibition.
Both it and the white coat were created by Hollywood costumier, Edith Head, and the green suit is based on Ms Head’s design for Grace Kelly as Lisa Fremont in Hitchcock’s 1954 Rear Window.
It comprises of a sleeveless sheath wool dress with side darts, nipped-in waist and big buckle belt. It is teamed with a matching jacket with three-quarter raglan sleeves with turnback cuffs and patch pockets.
Hitchcock apparently chose green because he felt it had a cool quality that set Melanie apart from the residents of Bodega Bay, where the film is set.
Commenting on the opening of the exhibition, William Doyle said; “We are delighted to welcome these iconic costumes back to the Museum Of Style Icons.”
He added: “Tippi’s green suit is not only a classic fashion item but it has become synonymous with some of the most famous scenes in film history. We look forward to welcoming film and fashion fans to the museum over the coming months.”
Newbridge Silverware’s Museum Of Style Icons houses garments and artefacts once worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace, and Michael Jackson. Entrance is free and it is open seven days a week. Find out more here.