Thursday, 31 March 2011

Mad Men Sale Week is Nearly Here!!!

(images courtesy of

So next week is our big Mad Men themed Sale week, we are so excited, its going to be amazing!

Myself and Caroline can't wait to don our most fabulous Mad Men outfits all week!

Here are all the details:

Dirty Fabulous will be having an amazing 20% off all purchases from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th of April and we will be open each day from 11am to 6pm, and 12pm to 8pm on Thursday,  no appointments needed for this week only.

We adore, Mad Men it's a fantastically smart series with fashion to die for, from one of our favourite eras.

As if 20% off wasn't enough, we will be running the Mad Men series on screen in store and offering spot prizes to the ladies best dressed in Mad Men style.

On top of this, there will be vintage hairstyle demonstrations on Thursday 7th from 3pm.'s nearly here! Spread the word, it's going to be such fun!!!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Sunday Times Style Ireland March 27th 2011

This week Dirty Fabulous was overjoyed to have featured in a brilliant article on 'why you should wear a vintage wedding dress' in Style Ireland.
It is a fabulous resource for brides who are wondering if vintage is for them. I'll be adding up a pdf of the article in case you missed it.
Thank you to all involved and to our lovely brides, Jennie, Maria and Alison who looked absolutely drop dead gorgeous in their Dirty Fabulous vintage dresses... we love our customers!!!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Model Faye Dinsmore wears Dirty Fabulous Vintage at the VIP Style Awards

The charming and hugely successful Faye Dinsmore donned a Dirty Fabulous vintage dress for The Vip Style Awards.
I hope you agree that she looks uber elegant in this delicate 1930s beaded sage silk and black ruffle gown.
The contrast is amazing with Fayes colouring, and the whole look makes such a refreshing change from the popular, revealing, sequinned numbers that were on show on the night.
If you want a dress that stands out from the crowd vintage is for you!
Thank you Faye for choosing Dirty Fabulous!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Vintage gloves and jewels...Tres Chic!

The Pièce de résistance: C1950s Christian Dior ivory leather gloves (never been worn, with original tags)

For todays perusal I thought I'd post about some of our gorgeous vintage gloves and jewellery from the 1950s and 1960s.
The sun is shining and it's finally warming up but if your hands are still feeling that Spring nip in the air, slip on a pair of these babies!
Not only are they practical but they will instantly add a bit of 'zing' to any outfit.
Our gloves are from the 1930s to the 60's and range in price from €25 - €110
Amazingly we have two extremely rare, pristine pairs of 1950s Christian Dior BNWT ivory kid leather gloves which are priced at €180 for the 3/4 length pair and €200 for the opera length pair...utterly devine!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Dirty Fabulous Mannequin...Rose Lawless!!!!

As mentioned last week, Cabaret artist Rose Lawless was in the window of Cafe des Irlandais yesterday promoting her weekly Saturday night show. This week she was dressed by Dirty Fabulous and when I stopped by, both the window and Rose looked amazing and were getting some serious attention!
Hope you can make the show, for more information see 

Friday, 18 March 2011

Rose Lawless Cabaret and Dirty Fabulous

We always love something different here in Dirty Fabulous so we were delighted to be involved with this Cabaret show.

Rose Lawless will be performing an Anarchic Cabaret every Saturday for 8 weeks from March 8th until April  23rd.

Each Monday Rose Lawless will be starring in the window of Le Cafe des Irlandais on South Georges Street decked out in that weeks shows sponsor. So on Monday 21st stop by the window between 5-6pm and catch Rose dazzling the passerby dressed by Dirty Fabulous.

Then on Saturday 26th of March attend the show itself.
The event will be vintage themed with vintage dress optional for guests. (Who can resist getting dressed up!)
There are great spot prizes to be won and it's sure to be a riotous night!
The Cabaret will take place in the lovely Le Cafe des Irlandais. 
The Match box theatre  at ‘Le Cafe des Irlandais,’ Sth. Georges street. Box Office 085 8079612, 15 euros /12.50 conc. 9pm. Free glass of wine on Entry.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Emeralds, Apple, Kelly and Aqua Greens... Happy St Patricks Day!

Grace Kelly in a sumptuous aqua green silk gown

Arleen Whelan looks like what we wish an Irish Cailin looked liked! 

Judy Garland  - Fabulous surrounded by and wearing green

Todays Hollywood Icons rocking Emerald green on the red carpet

One of the originals - Elizabeth Taylor smouldering in Emerald

Sometimes being Irish makes us slightly afraid of wearing green in the fear of being mistaken for a Leprechaun, but rest assured ladies there are endless possibilities in the spectrum of green. So whether you are a blonde, brunette, red head or anything in between take inspiration from some of the greats and rock that green frock with gumption!!!

Enjoy the St Patricks Day festivities and we'll see you when we reopen on Friday the 18th of March.  

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Dirty Fabulous Bride

Tara, stunning in a duck egg blue lace 1950s prom dress

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

March's New Stock Part 2

1940s Ivory Satin and Dotted lace Wedding Dress

1950s Embroidered Tulle Wedding Gown

1940s Ivory Soft Lace Wedding Gown dotted with rhinestones

1950s Mustard Silk Evening dress

1950s Silver and White Lace Prom dress

Just a few more of our lovely new additions. Don't forget to call in and see us!

Absolutely Adorable Photoshoot featuring Dirty Fabulous and others!

I am in love with this shoot, the model is beautiul, the setting has a gorgeous vintage feel. Even the colour tones are perfect.
We were delighted to provide all of the accessories and dresses to those involved with this photoshoot.
Doesn't it just look like the most perfect wedding! Fun and flirty but always with a touch of elegance...just the way we like it!
All of the credits and details are listed below so if you are looking for a photographer, delectable desserts or vintage brooch bouquets check out some of these lovely folks!

Photorapher: Pauline Dennigan (
Make-up: Kathryn O' Neill (
Hair: Tricia O' Sullivan (
Flowers & Bouquets: Carrie O' Connor (
Vintage clothing and Accessories: Dirty Fabulous (
Wedding cakes & cupcakes: Cloudberry Bakery (
Location: Ballintaggart House (

Friday, 4 March 2011

A peak inside Carolines Apartment Courtesy of the Irish Independent

Carolines' eclectic apartment was featured in The Irish Independent, Weekend Magazine on Saturday 26th of February. Here's the article:

Interiors: Art Attack

By Blanaid Hennessy
Saturday February 26 2011
Caroline Quinn's home in Dublin sits in a street lined with period houses, and her one-bed apartment is part of a house built in 1851 by a gentleman called Sir Francis Drake -- though not the explorer! It has a delightfully scattered layout, running from the front door to the second floor to keep as much as possible of the original design.
The living room boasts two large sash windows which look out over the park and, more importantly, the skyline. Drake built four houses in a row here, and this is the one he lived in. It retains all of the original coving, sash windows, floorboards and even the bell pulls by the marble fireplace to call the servants.
When Caroline, proprietor of vintage store Dirty Fabulous, decided to move from her previous address, she thought it highly unlikely that she would ever be able to buy a large period house, so instead took advantage of what Georgian Dublin had to offer in terms of rental.
Caroline came to view this flat and found it in need of some affection. Luckily, the landlord was willing to allow her to do whatever she liked with the place, so she set about repainting, reflooring, furnishing and adding fixtures to her new home.
She and her partner Peter McCann have created a small dining space and art installation in a nook between the kitchen and the living room. There is lots of wall space, which they filled with paintings.
"I have quite an extensive art collection, so I needed lots of space and a very neutral backdrop," says Caroline. "I like my surroundings to be unique and personal. Most of the art work I have collected has been purchased at exhibitions directly from the artist and I buy only things I absolutely love.
"My favourite style of art is pop surrealism. I'm a big fan of Tara McPherson and Ray Caesar, both US artists.
"I am also an avid collector of paintings by my brother (, and I have a number of works by Alan Clarke and Dave Comiskey, both Dublin-based artists," she explains.
"My best bargain is a painting of an odd-looking gentleman in a suit standing in a garden. It's dated 1962, and I waited on a very cold day at the Herman Wilkinson auction in Rathmines for six hours, but I got it for €6. It's not for everyone, but it's one of my favourites."
The furniture is equally eclectic: a retro sofa sits alongside an antiquated Chesterfield wingback armchair, and a contemporary bench designed by Peter makes a third seating space. Much of his work is seen throughout the home.
"My absolute favourite item in my house is a beautiful light fitting made with white feathered birds that Peter made for my birthday. I love his work; I bought a couple of products that he had designed without realising they were by him [], until he pointed it out!"
So how does Caroline describe her interiors style? "I treat my home like I treat my vintage dresses: I don't think you should keep things hidden away for special occasions. What's the point in having beautiful pieces if you can't use them?"
- Blanaid Hennessy
Caroline really enjoyed being involved and inviting readers into her home so a big thank you to Blanaid Hennessy and photographer Ronan!