‘Taylor Made’ at the Newbridge Silverwear Museum of Style Icons

Newbridge Silverware, together with Julien’s Auctions and House of Taylor, will exhibit a rare collection of jewellery and costumes from the wardrobe of movie icon Elizabeth Taylor at the Museum of Style Icons.

The exhibition entitled, ‘The Lifestyle of Elizabeth Taylor’ opens on Tuesday, 10th of September and will run until October 6th. The exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware is, in fact, the only European showcase of the Hollywood icon’s most unusual jewellery pieces, garments and film costumes. Included are garments and jewellery that were the property of the star, created by designers Christian Dior, Nolan Miller, Valentino, Versace, and many more.  The collection offers visitors a rare opportunity to see the many dazzling garments and jewellery, which were once worn by Elizabeth Taylor, before they go to auction on the 6th 7th and 8th December 2019 in Los Angeles, California, where they will be sold by Julien’s Auctions.

Elizabeth Taylor was a trailblazer from a young age, marking the start of new fashion trends, igniting screens around the world as the greatest and most beautiful classic movie star, and courageously stepping forth as a philanthropist and activist during the height of the global AIDS crisis. This is a unique opportunity to see first-hand some of the personal effects of one of the 20th Century’s most fascinating and influential people and to be up close and personal with personal pieces from the lifestyle of such a cultural icon.

A dazzling array of Taylor’s most provocative and style statement-making jewellery is in the exhibition including a cutting edge, Thomas Sabo designed ensemble consisting of a long chain-link necklace, with a sword, a motorcycle, and skull pendants in marcasite, together with a coordinating pair of dangling skull earrings. There is also a bamboo trunk designed sterling silver cuff bracelet, marked “925 / Thailand” and a sectional gold-tone metal bracelet adorned with yellow glass and geometric-shaped rhinestones together with a matching rectangular-shaped brooch.

The collection is fascinating and not to be missed, showing Taylor’s lesser-known whimsical and quite often tongue in cheek, personal style, which is a unique perspective to add to Taylor’s well-known high-octane glamour.  A multi-strand black leather choker with an attached grand piece of amber housed in a large sterling silver square setting with a large coordinating bracelet is one of the show-stopping pieces in the collection.  There is also a double-strand silver-tone metal purple crystal necklace with rhinestones, and a set of ‘Elizabeth Taylor designed for Avon’ bracelet cuffs with a detailed Egyptian motif, from the successful line of costume jewellery the star sold through the company in the 1990s.

The Lifestyle of Elizabeth Taylor’ will run until October 6th. The exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware, Athgarvan Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.


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