5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning a trip to the PRINCESS DIANA exhibition, getting our ART FIX at two galleries and visiting GLEBE GARDENS in Cork … 



WHY: To the Museum of Style Icons to see their new exhibition Diana – A Fashion Legacy which marks the 20th anniversary of her death, where some of Princess Diana’s most famous outfits are on display. The exhibition at Newbridge Silverware includes the final calico toile for the royal wedding gown and a replacement veil, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who officially opened the exhibition.

As a public figure, Diana’s wardrobe was one of her most powerful tools of communication. On the night that Prince Charles admitted his infidelity in 1994 Diana wore a black off the shoulder dress by Christina Stambolian to the opening of the Serpentine Gallery. This became known as “The Revenge Dress” and is also part of the exhibition, as is a Mughal-inspired gown by Catherine Walker which Diana wore on a state visit to India in 1992. Together with other memorabilia this exhibition is sure to impress fashion historians and Diana fans alike.

Diana – A Fashion Legacy runs until September 30. The exhibition is free of charge and the museum also features garments and artefacts from several Hollywood stars, musicians, and celebrities. www.newbridgesilverware.com; (045) 431301.


WHERE: As part of its Enchanted Forest experience, visitors to Kildare Village will be able to enjoy a series of musical performances during the course of the Bank Holiday weekend. Supporting and promoting Irish culture and heritage, the line-up of homegrown talent includes singer-songwriter and Kildare native Lisa Loughrey. She will perform on Friday August 4, while Floriane Blanc will entertain visitors on Saturday. She is the grand-daughter of jazz musician Stanislas Suranvi, whose Hungarian heritage informs Floriane’s work. Lisa Lambe, who has previously played at Glastonbury, performs on Sunday. Each artist will give three performances; at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm and all performances are located in the Village. These 30-minute long performances will run throughout August in Kildare Village. www.kildarevillage.com.


WHO: If you’re heading to Cork for the long weekend, then our recommendation is a visit to the gorgeous Glebe Gardens. Based in five-acre gardens overlooking Church Strand, Baltimore, and developed over the past 20 years by the Perry family, Glebe Gardens is a family-run business committed to the highest quality food and sustainable, respectful methods of growing, cooking and entertaining.

The venue is playing host to chef Rob Krawczyk, originally from Schull, who has an eight-week residency incorporating Glebe Gardens produce into his innovative menus. His cuisine will reflect other locally-available produce, including seafood landed by the many day boats fishing out of this picturesque West Cork village. Krawczyk’s residency nights at Glebe Gardens are Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm. A seven to nine-course tasting menu is offered each week priced at €50 per person. To book a table call +353 (0) 28 20579 or email info@glebegardens.com. www.glebegardens.com.


WHAT: We’re catching up on two art exhibitions in Dublin this weekend. The Doorway Gallery are hosting a show by Heidi Wickham called Fragile Mass. Working primarily in charcoal and monochrome, Wickham’s latest collection was inspired by a trip to Iceland and contains “all the animals I love to draw.” The exhibition opens on Thursday August 3 and runs until August 24. 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2; www.thedoorwaygallery.com.


The Blue Room at The Dean hotel, as regulars will know, is famed for its original works from over 40 Irish artists. Their latest exhibition is Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crow by Dublin artist Tag Beckett. Tag is a self-described painter, thinker, maker and doer, whose medium has been acrylics and latterly oils. He is showing 12 new oil paintings which explore the idea of legacy, and the path that has been forged by his grandfather and father before him. The exhibition runs until August 9. (01) 6078110.


AND: We’re ordering the covetable August edition of Glossybox. Girls just want to have Sun has five beauty treats which include a bronzer, hair mask, face mist, body lotion and a lovely Rodial lipstick (Suede Lips). New customers can buy the box for only €8 using the code ‘SUNNY’ at the www.glossybox.ie.


ALSO: To celebrate their stunning exhibition of original photographs of Grace Kelly – Grace: Photographs, 1955-1969, Castletown House will show the three classic Hitchcock thrillers starring Grace Kelly in the Hunting Room – Dial M for MurderRear Window and To Catch a Thief. Entrance is free to the screenings, but places are limited, see www.castletown.ie for tickets.

Penny McCormick

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