Are you planning a visit to Ireland? Over the coming weeks, I’ll be featuring places in Ireland that I love, and which are, I think, well worth a visit. Some will be familiar to you, others will get you off that beaten tourist track, and make your visit to Ireland a more memorable and unique one.
Newbridge Silverware is famous around the world for its beautiful silver jewelry, but did you know you can visit its showrooms on site in Kildare where its exquisite silverware ranges are actually crafted?
The showrooms are beautiful and spacious and feature everything from cutlery, to Christmas tree ornaments, to earrings and necklaces and so much more. Including this, which is on display, but not for sale…
But what I really liked was its Museum of Style Icons. Here you can see famous outfits worn by stars of the silver screen such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. The museum also features stage outfits and other memorabilia from celebs such as Michael Jackson, and the Beatles.
Ok, it’s just clothes, but such clothes! So ornate and finely detailed, such lustrous and heavy fabrics, so beautifully worked. Also included in each display is a brief history of each garment and images of the star wearing it.
What particularly struck me was how tiny all these women were… such big personalities with such tiny waists and small stature.
The displays are all behind glass, so there’s no temptation to touch. Lighting is discrete, and in some alcoves, videos are playing on walls as you pass by. It’s all very tastefully done.
And of course, there’s this… arguably the most famous dress in the history of famous dresses… EVER!
GASP! Yes, it’s Diana’s Wedding Dress. Or at least, a faithful replica of it. And for all you romantics and fashionistas you can even relive the wedding itself by watching it on auto-repeat on a screen opposite.
And when you’ve done all that, and you’ve spent all your money on tasteful silver souvenirs, you can recover with a fabulous lunch in the Silver restaurant… highly recommended.
You can find out more about Newbridge Silverware HERE. Parking, visiting the showrooms and the museum is free.