Classic Santa movie suit on display
IT'S been seen by millions of people across the globe for generations and now the original Santa suit worn by 'Kris Kringle' in the screen classic 'Miracle on 34th Street' has gone on display here.
The original red and white suit, a blend of silk and wool with rabbit fur cuffs, worn by actor Edmund Gwenn in the 1947 Christmas movie, is the key Yuletide attraction at the Museum of Style Icons at the Newbridge Silverware Visitors Centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare. The original suit is now more than 66 years old, approximately the same age as the late English stage and film actor was when he donned the suit in one of the most enduring and loved Christmas fairytales to grace both the large and small screens.
Starring alongside Irish film legend Maureen O'Hara, he won an Oscar in playing a portly gentleman who fills in for the Santa Claus at Macy's department store in New York during the Santa Claus parade who is sacked after imbibing too much pre-Christmas cheer.
But convinced that he is the real Santa Claus, the pleasantly deluded Mr Kringle becomes an instant hit as the in-store Santa at the store's flagship location in Manhattan.
Since the film hit the silver screen in 1947, the suit has been carefully preserved in tissue paper in a climate-controlled environment ever since.
The suit will be on display at the museum every day of the week until 6pm until January 6.