At the beginning of January I said I would give you my impression of the pre-auction display of Doris Day costumes and collectables and its location, together with some photos (if possible) after I had visited. This is it......
Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland is a small factory with a visitor center/sales showroom, located on the edge of a light industrial estate. Part of it is the MOSI (Museum of Style Icons). The main aim of the Museum is to attract more people who might be interested in buying their silverware products. You enter the visitor center from the street, but there are no visible signs directing you to the Museum. I found the entrance after walking around for a while, and there was some good publicity at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the museum. When you reach the first floor you are surrounded by glass display cases containing the clothes and memorabilia of many famous Hollywood stars, but nothing to indicate the location of the Doris Day Collection. Again I searched and found it. Without knowing the exact aims of Julien's Auction House in Los Angeles, and the reasoning behind their choice of location, it is hard make a fair judgement. In my opinion neither the location nor the display did justice to Doris. For the only display in the whole of Europe, there must surely have been a better and more fitting location.
There were 12 outfits in one place, other smaller displays of awards and jewelry, and a few of her favorite jumpers/sweaters (most with dogs on, of course!). In a separate location were four more items of clothing. There was a constant video playing, showing parts of the 'Doris Day Show' and excerpts from the 'Sentimental Journey' DVD. I stayed for about 40 minutes and during that time I was the only person there (on a Friday afternoon). For me this was great because I could look at each item for as long as I wanted without being disturbed. I think the best outfits were the one she wore for the 1989 Golden Globes ceremony (I always thought the ensemble was white, but it's actually ivory), the stunning chocolate brown outfit from the 1975 CBS TV Special that she wore when she sang 'Day by Day', and a brown leather jacket from 'With Six You Get Egg Roll'. Also on display was a green dress that Doris wore in 'On Moonlight Bay'. Apparently this was purchased by the Museum some years ago and will not be sold at the auction, which is nice. I was really surprised how small Doris was, and what an amazing figure she had to fit into some of the clothes!
It became quite a moving experience being there alone and so close to things that Doris had worn, and items that she treasured. I was also acutely aware that this was the last time all these items would ever be displayed together. Add to that the constant sound of her voice from the video and maybe you can imagine something of what it was like. I found it very hard to leave. I don't want to say that I felt Doris was there, because that would be an exaggeration, but there was certainly a very strong atmosphere in the room. I took a lot of photos, but with the glass and spotlights it was very difficult to get clear shots without reflections, so excuse the poor quality. I left feeling a bit like you do after a funeral, and the visit acted as a form of closure for me. I think this confirms what others have said about the human need for some focal point, be it a grave marker, a statue, or whatever, to remember someone by.
Here are some of the photos: - Well, I tried, but got a message "Board attachment quota has been reached" - can you help here Bryan? If not I'll put them on Flickr and paste the link here. Sorry about that.
"If you haven't fallen in love with Doris Day, there's something wrong with your heart"