Havel to O'Leary: Six Degrees of Separation
Coincidences or Confluences? Beginning with the birth of Lismore in 1952, Waterford history converges with some very interesting people and events, finally coming full circle.
#1 The world’s most famous crystal stemware pattern, Lismore is designed in 1952 by Waterford’s Chief Design Director Miroslav Havel, an emigrant from Czechoslovakia later dubbed "The Maestro of Crystal". The 2012, 60th anniversary campaign for Lismore is inspired by the pop art aesthetic of artist Andy Warhol.
#2 In 1952, Andy Warhol, the son of Czech immigrants, had his first solo exhibit at the Hugo Gallery in NYC with 15 works of art inspired by writings by Truman Capote.
#3 Truman Capote’s 1952 novella, "Breakfast at Tiffany’s," becomes a movie starring Belgian actress Audrey Hepburn. Set in New York City, the movie features sets including crystal Waterford chandeliers.
#4 Audrey Hepburn is partial to fashions from the House of Hubert de Givenchy which opened in 1952 and is considered Givenchy’s most famous patron. Hubert de Givenchy did all the Paris costumes for Hepburn’s 1957 film, "Funny Face." Her co-star in the hit musical comedy was actor Fred Astaire.
#5 Fred Astaire, on a visit to Ireland, visits the famed Waterford factory and meets up-and-coming glass cutter and designer, Jim O’Leary in 1966.
#6 As a young apprentice, Jim O’Leary was under the tutelage of Miroslav Havel who designed the famous Lismore pattern. Stunningly, O’Leary and Havel share the same birthdate: May 26.
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