Newbridge Silverware rolls back to the 1960s with Summer of Love exhibition

The ‘60s Summer of Love featuring Donovan’ exhibition opened at the Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware today (May 22nd).  The stunning fashion and music exhibition helped roll back the years to a time when a rebellious and inspired new generation found its voice.

The exhibition was opened by Donovan Leitch, the artist credited by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as the man who ‘singlehandedly initiated the psychedelic revolution with his album Sunshine Superman’, and the Scottish musician performed some of his most famous tracks to the crowd gathered at Newbridge Silverware.

The exhibition features several garments and items of musical interest from Donovan’s own private collection.  Among some of the garments in the exhibition are two cloaks worn by Donovan which featured on the covers of his vinyl’s, one being a Moroccan inspired robe and the other, an original Victorian garment. The wedding dress belonging to Donovan’s wife Linda Lawrence created by London fashion designers Liberty and a pair of 1960’s boots worn by her are also included in the display. A cherry red guitar belonging to Donovan which was played by George Harrison on The Beatles tour to India in 1968 will provide music fans with a real thrill, along with other items such as album covers and vinyl’s belonging to the 60’s legend.

Apart from items from Donovan’s own private collection, one of the most exciting pieces to be unveiled at the exhibition was an original John Lennon sketch which has just fetched a record $87,500 at auction in New York over the weekend (Sat, 20th of May). The drawing is believed to have been the inspiration for the cover of the iconic Beatles album, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.  The piece was sold over the weekend by Julien’s Auctions to a private bidder at an auction in the Hard Rock Café in Times Square and under pre-arrangement, the piece will be on show at Newbridge Silverware for two weeks from today (22nd May).

The dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Charade attracted plenty of attention among the fashionistas, while a unique collection of suits worn by The Beatles in the feature film A Hard Day’s Night also features in the exhibition.

The opening was vibrant and colourful, models dressed in 1960’s fashions handed out bespoke Newbridge Silverware ‘peace sign pendants’ to guests on arrival, while attendees also enjoyed having their photo taken with an original 1960’s VW camper van parked outside.

Famous faces at the exhibition included, Newbridge Silverware Brand Ambassador, Amy Huberman, Anne Doyle, presenter Karen Koster, TV3 stylists Emily O’Donnell and Marietta Doran, model Brittany Mason, and bloggers James Butler, Tara Farrell and Grace Mongey.

William Doyle, CEO of Newbridge Silverware, said; “We are delighted with how the exhibition has turned out. We are proud, in association with Julien’s Auctions in LA to be able to bring such famous items from an iconic era in fashion and music history to Ireland. Having Donovan himself here to open the exhibition was great and the crowd enjoyed listening to such a big star performing some of his classic songs.  To have the original John Lennon drawing here at a time when the 50th anniversary of the Sgt Pepper album is being celebrated is especially poignant, and we are sure that anyone who comes along to see the exhibition will be able to take a step back in time and relive the swinging sixties.”

The ‘60’s Summer of Love featuring Donovan’ exhibition will remain at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware until 23rd of July.  It is a free exhibition and is open to the public to view without making an appointment. The John Lennon drawing will remain on display for two weeks only.  The Donovan Leitch items in the exhibition will be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions in LA in the autumn. For more information on Newbridge Silverware and The Museum of Style Icons go to  or call +353 (0) 45 431301. For information on the sale of the Donovan pieces contact Julien’s Auctions


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Since 1934 Newbridge Silverware has produced cutlery, jewellery, giftware and homeware onsite. Home to the Museum of Style Icons (MOSI), one of the most unique collections of fashion and cinema memorabilia in the world and now officially Ireland’s fifth most visited free tourist attraction, the museum welcomes over 350,000 visitors a year. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Museum of Style Icons, (MOSI) a wonderful free to visit museum that has exhibited garments, jewellery, personal affects, and even musical instruments of some of the world’s most iconic stars of the film and music. The museum is a permanent exhibition dedicated to design and style excellence while celebrating some of the world’s most iconic personalities. Just some of the legendary stars of film and television known worldwide whose items are on display at MOSI include Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Kim Kardashian and so much more.

The Showroom at Newbridge Silverware showcases giftware, jewellery and cutlery. The Showrooms also boasts a number of exclusive product ranges. The company is regarded as Ireland’s premier giftware brand. There is free car and coach parking, tax free shopping and worldwide shipping. The Silver Restaurant is situated in a bright and atmospheric setting. Serving breakfast, lunch and a mouth watering afternoon tea with live performances daily from local musicians.