Newbridge Silverware, together with Julien’s Auctions and The Doris Day Animal Foundation, has opened a new exhibition featuring a rare collection of garments, jewellery and
accessories from the wardrobe of movie icon, Doris Day at the Museum of Style Icons, Newbridge, Co. Kildare (Ireland). The free to enter exhibition entitled, ‘The Doris Day Show’ runs until 3rd February, 2020. The property will be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles on 4th – 5th April 2020, the day after what would have been the stars 98th birthday. Doris Day was famed for her love of animals and all proceeds will go to her charity ‘The Doris Day Animal Foundation’ which the singer and actress founded in 1978. For more information www.ddaf.org
This exhibition is in fact the only European showcase of the Hollywood icon’s personal garments, jewellery, awards and film costumes and offers viewers a rare opportunity to see a piece of film history. Included are garments and jewellery that the star wore to the Golden Globes and on her TV show, the world famous ‘The Doris Day Show’. There are also several garments and pieces of jewellery with dog motifs. The star famously loved dogs and often wore clothing which reflected her passion for animals. The collection also features some stunning gowns, cocktail dresses and several capes which Day liked to wear in both her film work as well as in her personal life.
One of the most important garments which will be on display at the Museum of Style Icons is Doris Day’s formal white trouser suit ensemble which she wore when she received a lifetime achievement award, at the 1989 Golden Globes. The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment". This two piece Valentino outfit includes an ivory, coloured silk blouse with a high collar and long sleeves. It has ornate ruffles on the front and the sleeves and lace floral adornments on the neck and cuffs. The star paired them with a pair of matching trousers in the same colour when she attended the glitzy awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Doris Day was photographed wearing this outfit with fellow Golden Globe winner Clint Eastwood. That same evening Eastwood picked up a gong for the movie ‘Bird’ which he produced and directed.
Doris Day was a renowned style icon known for her sunny disposition and zest for life and that was reflected in her clothes which were usually in bright colours and heavily printed. She famously said, “I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile, and I want to make people laugh. And that's all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.”
Newbridge Silverware and the Museum of Style Icons also own a two-piece Doris Day garment which is on permanent display. It is a costume which Day wore in the 1951 movie ‘On Moonlight Bay’ in which, the star played the part of ‘Marjorie Winfield’. Designed by costume designer, Marjorie Best, this teal coloured period skirt and blouse will also be shown as part of the new exhibition but will not be sold as part of the auction. It is a beautiful garment consisting of an artisan blue wool pleated long skirt, topped by a sheer silk-tulle blouse with integral satin bustier.
Doris Day was the top box office draw of the 20th century and hit number one four times in the 1960’s. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio as Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, Day began her career as a dancer then later as a singer. She went on the big band circuit singing with Les Brown and His Band of Renown and recorded No. 1 hits, ‘My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time’ and ‘Sentimental Journey’.
Soon after embarking on a singing solo career, Hollywood came calling and she got her first film role in ‘Romance on the High Seas’ (Warner Bros., 1948) which produced her No. 2 hit as a soloist, ‘It’s Magic’. Shortly after, her duet with Buddy Clark ‘Someone Like You’ became her first No. 1 as a solo artist which was featured in the 1949 film ‘My Dream is Yours’. Day had 30 Top-20 singles from 1948 to the late 1950s, including the No. 1 hits ‘Love Somebody’ and ‘A Guy Is a Guy,’ and recorded over 30 albums.
She starred in several hit films for Warner Brothers which displayed her singing and comedic talents, ‘Tea for Two’ (1958), ‘On Moonlight Bay’ (1951), ‘By the Light of the Silvery Moon’ (1953), ‘Young at Heart’ (1954) opposite Frank Sinatra, ‘Teacher’s Pet’ (1958) opposite Clark Gable as well as the western themed musical, ‘Calamity Jane’ (1953). The song ‘Secret Love’ recorded for ‘Calamity Jane’ won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year and became her fourth No. 1 hit single.