Well, finally I made it, after months of promising myself the time out to visit the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge Silverware.
Not one for driving long distances due to fatigue, I tend to postpone such outings for a time when I’ve more energy. Whenever that arrives!
The drive wasn’t too far this time though as it turned out, and we didn’t get lost either between Dublin and Newbridge. Though we did almost have an accidental detour through Naas.
Anyway, first things first, let's start with one thing I always need to check out before venturing anywhere - accessibility. And they seem to have this well covered here.
- Accessible parking close to the entrance
- Ground level access
- Clear signage inside the main door, and staff to direct
- Lift up to MOSI (though my poor PA was a little worse for wear in the platform lift)
- Audio narratives of the biographies around the museum, although I didn’t notice any Braille signs now I think of it
I didn’t think to check out the toilet facilities I’m afraid, but I hear from trusted sources that they are wheelchair accessible.
The only negative I would point out is the plush carpet around the museum can make pushing a wheelchair a little difficult, even if it does add to the atmosphere.
So, practicalities checked out, time to get back to business..
First up, as it happened was my all-time favourite style icon, Audrey Hepburn. With a section all of her own, dedicated to a mix of her movie and personal outfits. The cream dress and mustard coat from “Charade”, posing elegantly among a dedicated photo gallery of her most memorable film and fashion moments.
Not to mention the “one” I really went to see if I’m honest, the pink rhinestone encrusted dress from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. #letstakeamoment.
|Breakfast at Tiffany's|
|Princess Diana's bridal party|
Elegant dresses worn by Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable and Greta Garbo stand side by side to tell their stories.
Childhood favourites of mine like Julie Andrews and Judy Garland also make an appearance, with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Barbara Streisand.
As the natural course of the exhibition moves to an end, we see some pieces from modern day icons, like this chiffon Victoria Beckham gown, and Angelina Jolie's coat.
Should also mention, the exhibition is free of charge. And I recommend learning from my mistake – leave some time for the nearby Whitewater Shopping Centre. I may have to go back a second time for that one.
Has anybody else been to the exhibition, did you have any particular favourites?