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19/05/2017

Heirlooms: from me, to you, stylishly

 

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Last week, Katie Holmes revealed that she intends to pass down several of her Met Gala gowns, including the most recent ruffled demure teal Zac Posen dress, to her daughter Suri. Not only will the dresses carry economic value and cultural significance, but, perhaps most importantly for Suri, they will serve as a connection to her mother, telling the story of her social success and becoming threads in her legacy to be worn by later generations.

‘Loom’ originally meant tool (from the Old English geloma – meaning ‘utensil, tool’), so the word ‘heirloom’ is historically suggestive of a tool being passed down hereditarily. While we no longer commonly pass down axes or hammers to our grandchildren as they did in the fourteenth century (not only for fear of possible grievous harm but because the modern expectation is for an heirloom to be a valuable, at times quirky, often aesthetically pleasing object), the ritual of passing down items of familial and social worth continues. The word ‘loom’ more commonly refers to a machine that weaves thread or yarn into fabric. Heirlooms, as such, may be viewed as romantic weavers of ancestral life-threads with contemporary life-threads; as creative drivers of the metaphorical fabric of familial tapestry shrouded in mystery and pride.

Heirlooms can have sizeable monetary valuable, and have historically signalled social status. Whether it be an obscure engagement ring of a great-great-aunt, cufflinks, a *gasp* signet ring, or a family cross, jewellery is a common form of family heirloom that marks a stage of life, such as marriage, reaching the age of 21, or bequeathed in a will of a loved one. Kate Middleton’s Garrard & Co. Ceylon sapphire engagement ring belonged to Princess Diana. She also wore the ‘Halo’ Cartier royal heirloom tiara in 2011, something originally bought for the Queen Mother by King George VI. Closer to home is a tiara called the ‘Cambridge Lover’s Knot’, which belonged to Diana; a diamond and pearl tiara passed from Queen Mary to Queen Elizabeth II to Princess Diana and now to the current Duchess of Cambridge. Not only for Kate, but for all, having an heirloom brings with it responsibility of care and tradition continuation in the context of its history.

It is common for families to pass down historical items of clothing and fabric, not just for the rich and famous; christening dresses, childhood clothes and family linen are common examples. Men may hand down suits, while women often hand down their wedding dresses. Earlier this year Tess Newall got married in her great-great-grandmother’s 150-year-old wedding dress, and then found that the dry-cleaners she had entrusted with her family’s heirloom had lost it. The sense of loss must have been immense, not only for the raw absence of her own wedding memories, but also for the long-term familial loss , so she took to the press to spread the word, and fortunately, the dress reappeared. I know family members who have been less fortunate, losing pictures, paintings, clothes, diaries, and recipes to fire. In a world of fast-fashion, heirlooms have a novel fragility. Such items have a precarious nature, for they are not only perishable due to their age, but also the sensitivity of stories attached to them. Their personal value lies in subjective association, rather than objective worth. In this way, they are irreplaceable.

The fashion industry has recently been harking back to the past, with silk, velvet, lace all reappearing in the sartorial spotlight, which is perhaps suggestive of a nostalgia for the times gone by that heirlooms exemplify. In a time of constant change, heirlooms offer a channel for people to reweave themselves into the tapestry of their past and to be inspired by the lives of their ancestors. It is through history that there is familial diversity in a world which values norms. Without heirlooms, familial fabric can fade.Read more at:long prom dresses

 

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17/05/2017

Kate hoping George and Charlotte will take Pippa’s wedding in their stride

 

Kate hoping George and Charlotte will take Pippa’s wedding in their stride
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The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed she is a little worried about how her children will behave at her sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding at the weekend.

Kate spoke about her concerns when she joined the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and other senior royals for the first royal garden party of the year, where Philip was spotted joking with a fellow retiree.

Andrew Bates and wife Janet, chatted to Kate as she mingled with the guests, while nearby her husband William spoken to some of the thousands invited to the annual event.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will play starring roles as a page boy and bridesmaid at the wedding of Pippa and her fiance, financier James Matthews, being held on Saturday at St Mark’s church, in the Berkshire village of Englefield.

Mr Bates, 55, from Coventry said about Kate: “She said that they were all really looking forward to her sister’s wedding at the weekend but she was a bit worried about how her children might behave. She said she was hopeful that they would be good but you never know at that age.”

Kate, who wore an outfit by Christopher Kane and matching hat by Lock & Co, also chatted to Daniel and Jodie Bell, originally from Adelaide in Australia but now living in the UK for the past six months.

Mr Bell is a Warrant Officer 2nd Class and a combat engineer in the Australian Defence Force working as an instructor in Britain.

Mrs Bell said about Kate: “She’s just stunning and she was telling us how she would like to go back to Australia on a holiday with the family.”Read more at:quinceanera dresses

 

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15/05/2017

Vintage Marilyn Monroe dress and memorabilia on display in Belfast

 

Vintage Marilyn Monroe dress and memorabilia on display in Belfast
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A SLINKY pink Pucci silk jersey dress owned and worn by Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe has become the star attraction of a newly-opened Belfast shop – but it's definitely not for sale.

The dress, along with a St Christopher pendant once owned by the actress, is on display in the Newbridge Silverware shop in Arthur Street, which opened in true Hollywood style last week with a little help from 'professional Marilyn artiste', Suzie Kennedy.

As well as the little pink number, several Marilyn artefacts are on loan from the Museum of Style Icons at the Newbridge factory in Co Kildare, which includes one of the world's greatest collections of Audrey Hepburn couture.

Now one of the most popular free tourist attractions in Ireland, the museum – set up by Newbridge owner William Doyle – features walk-round displays of iconic outfits and accessories which once belonged to late, great stars of the silver screen such as Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as modern-day trendsetters Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian.

Special guest at the Belfast opening, Suzie Kennedy – who has starred in Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything and Me and Marilyn – turned heads with a recreation of the memorable subway scene from the 1955 Marilyn movie, The Seven Year Itch.

However, the star's famous billowing white dress won't be on display in Belfast, although other costumes from the prized Newbridge collection are being dusted down and folded up ready for a trip north at the end of the month.

"We wanted to introduce ourselves to Belfast in a memorable way and Marilyn has certainly made an impression in the city," said Mr Doyle, who had the idea for his museum after a chance acquisition of a little black dress owned by Audrey Hepburn.

"I was aware the Hepburn dress was going to be sold and I thought the association would greatly enhance our brand, but I was completely stunned by the reaction," he said.

"A well known auction house then heard of the acquisition and took an interest in us, offering to bring an entire Marilyn Monroe collection to Ireland for us to display in our 'museum' which, at that stage, didn't even exist.

"We didn't actually have a museum – just the one Hepburn dress – so I told a little lie and pretended our musuem would be delighted to welcome the Monroe display," says the savvy CEO.

"There's nothing like a deadline to make you get something done and we had about three months to get the imaginary museum up and running before the Marilyn collection arrived."

It was a ploy that paid off and set Mr Doyle off in a new direction and with a new passion – bidding for and buying rare and beautiful costumes synonymous with celebrities from yesteryear right up to the present day.

"Thousands came to the Marilyn exhibition and when it left, we still had our one dress, so, in a way, I had no option but to try to source more costumes to fill the empty space," he says.

"It also fits in with the Newbridge image, as our jewellery and homeware is inspired by classic icons of style and we always look to the trendsetters in music, film and fashion to inform our contemporary designs."

London-based Suzie Kennedy, who took time out from her European tour to fly into Belfast for the opening, said wearing the famous white dress made her feel a "real connection" to the 50s screen siren.

"I'm honoured that Newbridge Silverware invited me to unveil this beautiful dress worn by Marilyn Monroe," said the modern-day Marilyn, who revealed she was more alarmed at the Belfast sunshine – she must keep her skin realistically pale.

"Seeing this dress, I feel a real connection to her, as it’s an item she actually owned."

The St Christopher religious medal, meanwhile, although less glamorous, will also be of local interest as it comes with its own intriguing Marilyn story.

The silver tone pendant and chain was given by the star to her masseur and confidante, Ralph Roberts, along with a handwritten note confirming to him that she was not pregnant.

According to Roberts, the pendant was originally given to Monroe by Natasha Lytess, her early acting coach, with Marilyn stating she had "outgrown Natasha" when presenting him with the gift.

The pink Marilyn dress and artefacts, which include a letter and receipt along with the medal, will be on display in Arthur Street until May 25.

They will be replaced by another iconic costume from the Museum of Style Icons Museum which attracts thousands of visitors from across the world each year.Read more at:purple prom dresses

 

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