Fans of movie icon Greta Garbo will be able to view some of the notoriously private actress’ clothes, accessories and other personal items at Newbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons from next Friday.
The free exhibition, which will feature over 100 items from the late film star’s estate, will be open to the public from this Friday, September 28 until Friday, November 16.
The exhibition, like many previous Style Icons shows, is being hosted in conjunction with Hollywood auction house Julien’s.
The collection will travel across the Atlantic on Cunard’s Queen Mary II before being sold by Julien’s in December. Newbridge Silverware has previously hosted displays of Julien’s memorabilia, including items owned by Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe.
The collection features the personal clothing, accessories, furnishings and other personal property that has never been available before and rarely seen by others.
Garbo, the star of 1930s classics Camille and Anna Karenina, famously became a recluse after she retired from the movie business in the 1940s.
The Swedish-born actress was one of the few who made a successful transition from the silent film world to the “talkies”.
She received four Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and in 1954 received an honorary Academy Award for her “Unforgettable Performances.”
The very personal collection which will be on exhibit and then offered in the sale includes clothing items designed by Valentina Schlee, then Garbo’s neighbor and friend and later wife of Garbo’s lover, George Schlee. Garbo’s close relationship with Valentina led to much speculation during her lifetime and controversy when it was revealed that Garbo’s affair with Valentina’s husband George had carried on.
Garbo was also one of the very first woman to appear in clothing and accessories from Emilio Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Lilly Dache, Givenchy, Mr. John and others. Many pieces from these designers and personal choices from Garbo herself are included in the sale and tour.
In addition to her film history, Garbo sat for a number of portraits from a wide range of well known photographers. Personally owned publicity portraits from Garbo’s films by photographers George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, and Ruth Harriet Louise are also part of the exhibit and sale.
Other highlights will include vintage designer clothing and accessories; the clothing ensembles consisting of the classic turtlenecks, trousers, trench coats and sunglasses.
Items from her homes in Sweden and New York are also part of the collection.
- Laura Coates