11 08 2018
Number 59 South William Street was the Townhouse of Richard and Amelia Wingfield, Lord and Lady Powerscourt, in the Eighteenth Century. Their main residence was Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow and Lord Powerscourt was a member of the House of Lords.
The Townhouse was used to host dinner parties and dances when Parliament was in session. Their guests were wowed by the beautiful stucco work on the ceilings and walls of the Staircase, the Dining Room and the Ballroom.
Lord Powerscourt did the Grand Tour and was inspired by French and Italian art so the Townhouse was filled with paintings and antiques. When Lord Powerscourt died the Townhouse was sold to the Irish Government who commissioned Francis Johnstone to add groups of buildings to be used as tax offices.
In the 1980s, almost 200 years after the Wingfields lived there, it was converted into Powerscourt Shopping Centre which was nominated for a European award. The Antique shops made the former tax offices their home and filled them with beautiful paintings, silver, china and jewellery. A case of history repeating itself! You might even discover a piece that once belonged to Lord and Lady Powerscourt!
The Image Boutique Awards were launched because Image wanted to acknowledge the exciting fashion, incredible service and beautiful spaces offered by stores across the country. It is very exciting to see independent Irish retailers celebrated in this way, and also by you, the boutique shoppers, in the support that was shown as more than 50,000 votes were cast.
The Design Centre was awarded Best Irish Label Offering, it is not hard to see why as The Design Centre offers a unique mix of the best of Irish designer labels including Philip Treacy, Caroline Kilkenny, Roisin Linnane and Catriona Hanly. For the contemporary woman who loves simplicity and elegance, the Design Centre is the go-to destination in Dublin for those covetable timeless classics. Find The Design Centre on the Top Floor of the Powerscourt Centre.
Atrium was awarded Best Customer Experience and Best Boutique Owners, Chupi Sweetman and Kate Nolan are very happy with Best Owners award but it’s the award for Best Customer Experience that they are really delighted with because they have an amazing team of women working in the store and this award means that all their hard work shows and is appreciated by you!
So come in and see why these boutiques stand out to the public as some of the best boutiques in the country.
The Design Centre
Top floor, Powerscourt Centre
Top floor, Powerscourt Centre
03 08 2018
The stunning new collection has arrived at Ciara Bridal. With a beautiful selection of international designs in many different styles, you will be spoiled for choice. This family-run boutique has been in the business for over 35 years, so you are in good hands when it comes to your big day. All alterations are completed in-house by the expert team ensuring that you leave with your dream dress exactly how you imagined it. Ciara Bridal has established a reputation for creating beautiful, unique and idyllic looks ensuring every bride leaves happy in their dream dress.
We would like to congratulate Laura and her husband John, wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness. Laura is wearing a design by Ronald Joyce from the new collection.
Visit the store on the first floor of Powerscourt.
F: Ciara Bridal
First floor, Powerscourt Centre
27 07 2018
Simple, stylish and distinctive are some of the words customers use to describe French Connection. French Connection is known for taking classic silhouettes and adding unique details. Coveted by all ages, French Connection has pieces that will become staples in your wardrobe for years to come. With an additional 20% of all sale stock, now is the time to find your next beloved piece. A good tip for helping you transform your Summer wardrobe for the Autumn season is to layer up dresses and tees. Mix and match colours if you want to showcase your unique piece.
Visit the storefront on Clarendon St. , find French Connection on the ground floor of Powerscourt. With two floors of fashion, accessories and interiors there is definitely something that will catch your eye.
Ground floor, Powerscourt Centre
24 07 2018
Beautiful Bridal Gowns
Ciara Bridal in-store sale is now on!
With their new collections of bridal gowns on the way, Ciara Bridal is having a sample sale with a range of reduced dresses to make way for our new 2019 collection which is arriving very soon. The sale is on now os make sure to pop into their store to find the perfect dress for the special day!
With over 35 years of beautiful weddings, Ciara Bridal is one of Powerscourt’s longest established businesses. You will find the shop on the 1 st floor, a nice quaint shop with a beautiful old world charm, befitting to its surroundings and big enough to cater for every bridal need.
Whether you’re in search of a Hollywood glamour or traditional gown you will find it with the most exquisite uses of laces, silks and chiffon’s handpicked with the most understated attention to detail. Ciara Bridal pride themselves on making each bride feel special for her special day.
For appointment email or call 016711546 .
First floor, Powerscourt Centre
13 07 2018
The Royal Bouquet
Mark Grehan owner of The Garden Shop creates a royal bouquet!
“ I had the honour of being asked to create a bouquet that was presented to her Royal highness the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle yesterday. Flowers all Irish and grown in Roisin Briggs’ allotment whom works in the garden. Thanks to Epic Museum CHQ for the honour and for having us create for the museum yesterday”
Alan Keville For Hair
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre would like to welcome Alan Keville For Hair to their new home!
AkForHair has just recently announced how excited they are to be joining us here at the Centre, sharing the luxury surroundings with us. Owners, Alan Keville and Alex Reid are undeniably a dynamic force in the Irish hairdressing industry.
With 25 years international hairdressing experience, a London edge, and 15 years in business, Alan’s passion for the art is unwavering. His’s precision cutting has acclaimed him the title of the best of the best in Irish hairdressing along with the iconic Loreal colour trophy, the Irish all-star and hairdresser of the year to name a few.
Their ethos is to provide guests with a cut and colour, tailored and unique accentuates to each guest, that accentuates their best features, in a relaxed and unpretentious environment. They are situated on the balcony level of the Centre. To contact them please see details below.
T. +353 (01) 6750022
06 07 2018
– WILDE –
Art Exhibition in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre
12th – 28th July
Abstract artist Jill L’Estrange brings her art exhibition to Powerscourt Centre next week. The exhibition will run from July 12th – 28th and all work on show will be available to buy. Join her for the special opening night on Thursday 12th July @6:30-8:00pm feel free to pop along & be one of the first to see the exhibition.
The Wilde Collection was created by Jill L’Estrange for one of the former homes of world renowned Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. The first half of the collection is curated, as part of a permanent exhibition in that house, now the newly converted Strand Hotel, in Bray, Co Wicklow.
The primary theme of the exhibition is the exploration of the scenery of the nineteenth century Ireland in which Wilde grew up, with locations from his youth abstractly interpreted. Inspiration for the collection was taken not only in the seafront location of Wilde’s former home in Bray, but also from his travels across Ireland, particularly to his family’s summer home of Moytura House, overlooking Lough Corrib. Studies of the open sea are balanced with lake views, and the endless rolling greenery of the Irish countryside, as vast and open as it would have been in his day. Many paintings focus on the relationship between land and water, whether sea or lake.
When creating the Wilde Collection, Jill’s intention was to artistically embody a sense of the wild and unpredictable atmosphere of Ireland, the tempestuous climate synonymous with her home country. Her desire was to portray a sense of the everchanging firmament. Though often lamented for its unpredictability, beauty lies in skies overcast with heaving charcoal clouds, often revealing slips of light, bringing with them the hope of sunshine. Some of the more dramatic pieces reflect the impulsive unruliness of nature, captured by a sense of reckless abandonment. The collection strives to evoke feeling and emotion, to stir memories of the Irish countryside, juxtaposed with the transience of life. We are merely caretakers of the scenery of Oscar Wilde’s all too brief time on earth.
Jill is an abstract expressionist artist, working predominantly in oil paint. She is drawn to the heaviness and textural capabilities found in oil, and enjoys layering these to create rich effects on both canvas and paper. She allows the paint to dictate some of the end result, and a fluid evolution of exploration to dominate her process. Her artworks reflect not only something visual, but also an emotion and state of mind; a place and feeling; a deeper connection. As Jill reflects, Art is something I lose myself within, and to me it is a calming escape from the weight of life. As a very visual person, I find inspiration all around me. My surroundings and experiences in life dictate much of my motivation to create. Based in Ireland, I want to use my art to show the beauty of this small island, very often reflected in my landscape and seascape pieces.
All of the works are available to purchase.
Telephone: 087 659 1441 / Email: email@example.com
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Jill has always had a passion for all things creative. Her love of art was instilled at a very early age, watching her grandfather paint, encouraging her to draw alongside him. After receiving a First Class Honours Degree in Architecture from University College Dublin, Jill worked across the globe in Paris, New York, Beijing and London. This opportunity to immerse herself in other cultures and environments acts as a solid foundation of inspiration within her creative pursuits. As well as being an artist, Jill also runs a successful interior design firm, L’Estrange Designs, who specialise in hospitality design.
31 05 2018
Art of Street Photography Group Exhibition
Art of Street Photography Exhibition has been extended!
LOCATION: Powerscourt Centre TIME: Daily – 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
04 05 2018
WHAT NOBODY TELLS YOU
BROUGHT TO YOU BY NATIONAL COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
The students of the National College of Art & Design launch their exhibition at the Powerscourt Centre on May 3rd. The student’s themed show is in response to the historical, architectural narratives of the Townhouse but also reflect contemporizing these stories through material, social and contemporary references. This exhibition is an important opportunity for students to engage and experience work outside of the college confines. Come and visit the exhibition, we would love to see you there.
The exhibition will run daily from the 4th until 17th May and Exhibits will be set up in various locations in the Centre over the summer months.