Charles Manson gang murder victim, Sharon Tate's clothing exhibition to go on display in Newbridge

Featuring dress she wore when she wed film director Roman Polanski

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World exclusive Newbridge Museum of Style Icons Sharon Tate exhibition

The dress she wore when she wed Roman Polanski

Newbridge Silverware has just announced it is to host a world exclusive exhibition of items from the estate of Sharon Tate, at the Museum of Style Icons from October 8 to 25. 

The exhibition in partnership with LA based Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house, celebrates the beauty and style of one of Hollywood’s most promising actresses and 1960s fashion icon.

Known as one of Hollywood's most magnetic stars of the era, actress and model Sharon Tate’s life and style embodied the very essence of the decade now known as the swinging 60's. Tate was amongst the celebrities that influenced the sights and sounds of that era’s culture, joining the likes of Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy.

Born in 1943 in Dallas, Texas as the daughter of a career military officer, Tate was destined for stardom, winning beauty contests before she was a year old which continued through her teens. 

After being noticed in the streets of Verona, Italy, she was cast in the epic film Barrabbas in 1961, as well as a Pat Boone television special.  She was noticed by production staff in Italy for the filming of Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962). Tate landed her first big acting role in 1963 as the bank secretary Janet Trego in the popular television series The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS 1963-1965). Tate was signed by Filmways and her first major starring role was in the 1966 occult classic Eye of the Devil.

Tate was then cast in director Roman Polanski's film The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) where the two fell in love.  They married in London in January 1968 in a wedding ceremony that included a star-studded after party at The Playboy Club with guests that included John and Juliet Mills, Joan Collins, Candice Bergen, Michael Caine, Terry Downes and more.

Her other prominent roles included the comedy beach farce Don't Make Waves (1967) and the spy spoof The Wrecking Crew (1968) with Dean Martin and Elke Sommer.

On August 9, 1969, Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home she shared with Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple's son.

Tate’s black floral lace Christian Dior mini dress worn to the London premiere of Roman Polanski's film Cul-de-Sac in 1966

Her most famous role and acclaimed performance came as Jennifer North in the 1967 cult classic film Valley of the Dolls, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best New Actress.  Her final film role was in The 13 Chairs, also known as 12+1, which was released posthumously in 1969.

Marie Brennan from the Museum of Style Icons commented, “We are delighted to bring yet another world exclusive exhibition to Ireland at the Museum of Style Icons. Sharon’s style was renowned and this exhibition shows a true fashion icon from the era. We even had to order special mannequins due to the skirt lengths.”

Sharon Tate's chocolate mink swing coat designed by "Fuhrman's Beverly Hills”

Darren Julien, CEO of Julien’s Auctions added, “We honour Sharon Tate’s life and loves in this personal collection that captures the style of a woman whose life was cut way too short and has long been overshadowed by an unspeakable tragedy.”

Highlights of the exhibition include a black floral lace Christian Dior mini dress worn by Sharon Tate to the London premiere of Roman Polanski's film Cul-de-Sac in 1966 (estimate: $15,000-$30,000); Tate’s chocolate sheer silk Alba gown worn by Sharon Tate at The Golden Globe Awards with Roman Polanski in 1968 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); Tate’s ivory silk moiré mini wedding dress worn at her London wedding held at the Chelsea Registry to Roman Polanski in 1968 (estimate: $25,000-$50,000); Tate’s chocolate mink swing coat designed by "Fuhrman's Beverly Hills” with asymmetrical collar and fur puffs for buttons (estimate: $20,000-$40,000; a two toned jersey mini dress worn by Tate while attending the Cannes Film Festival with Roman Polanski in 1968 (estimate: $5,000-$7,000) and more.

Tate’s ivory silk moiré mini wedding dress worn at her London wedding held at the Chelsea Registry to Roman Polanski in 1968