- 16 Oct 18
The new exhibition will showcase personal possessions from the Tate estate, previously in the keeping of her sister Debra since 2000.
The Sharon Tate exhibition at the Newbridge Museum of Style Icons will include an array of personal items, a selection from over 100 to be auctioned by Julien's of Hollywood on November 17.
In her youth, Tate fell in love with fashion and built up a collection which accounts for the many distinctive clothing items on display at the exhibition. These unique features include her wedding dress -estimated at $25,000-50,000 - which became an iconic image of her sixties style, a black floral Christian Dior dress worn by Tate to the premiere of Polanski's film Cul-de-Sac in 1966 and her signature chocolate mink coat valued at $20,000-40,000.
Other items include photographs and personal items which were saved by her father from her home. The collection has been of widespread interest to museums, collectors and fans alike since the star's tragic death when four members of the Manson family broke into the home of Tate and her husband Roman Polanski and claimed the lives of five people. Sharon was eighteen months pregnant at the time of the murder which took place at Benedict Canyon, LA, while her husband was away from the house filming in Europe.
Since her death, the actress' public profile skyrocketed, painting her as a tragic victim of circumstance. Indeed a new film by Quentin Tarantino titled Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, starring Margot Robbie as the actress, comes out next year, one of a number of film depictions that have attempted to retell the gruesome events that night.
However, organizers of the exhibition in Newbridge have admirably tried to salvage Tate's memory from the tragic circumstances of her murder by focusing on the person behind the headline stories.
Martin Nolan executive director of Julien's, commented that, "people are fascinated by Sharon Tate. She represented the Swinging Sixties. There was that terrible, terrible, tragic day when she was robbed from her family, from the world, but we're not focusing on that at all. We're focusing on 26 years of a fun life, an amazing life, that she enjoyed and we're looking at her legacy. I think Newbridge are brave to be the first to put their hands up and say they would do it. It is a museum of 'style icons' and Sharon Tate was a style icon and continues to be one."
The Sharon Tate exhibition is currently running at the Newbridge Museum of Style Icons until October 25.
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