Thursday, 28 July 2011

Stolen From Dirty Fabulous!

This 1950s couture pink and blue tulle dress was stolen today, Thursday 28th of July, from Dirty Fabulous at around 3.40pm.
It had a clear plastic protective cover on it when it was stolen which obviously made it appear smaller in size.
We are devastated about losing this completely unique dress.
The dress is a lilac colour due to the different tulle layers and has a sequined lace upper layer.
It is a small size 6-8.
It will most likely be worn to a debs ball, 21st or wedding in the near future, probably in the Dublin area.
Please help us find it!
Spread this link around.
It is a very recognisable dress and there is only one of them on the world, if you see anyone wearing it or if you hear anything please phone Pearse St Garda Station on 01666 9000.
Again, we are devastated.
Your help and vigilance for Dirty Fabulous is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all of our loyal customers who have offered their support already.

Dirty Fabulous Summer Holidays: Closed from Saturday 29th to Friday 12th August

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Dirty Fabulous will be closed for summer holidays from Saturday 29th of July and will reopen on Saturday 13th of August.
For any queries or appointment bookings please leave a message on 01 6111842 

Fingers crossed for some nice sunny weather for our first ever summer break!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Loving this Dirty Fabulous Mad Men Hen!

I hope you agree that Aisling (centre) looks stunning in her Dirty Fabulous jewelled 1960's shift that she wore for her Mad Men themed hen night.
I absolutely adore the effort that her mum and aunts went to for the occassion, their matching dresses and glasses are such fun!
Hope you have an amazing wedding!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

1950's Reds and Yellows in Dirty Fabulous

1950s yellow taffeta and tulle stripe prom dress €450 size 10

1950s Red Velvet and Taffeta Cocktail dress €260 size 8

1950s Primrose Yellow Illusion top Prom Dress €320 size 8

I'm loving these Dirty Fabulous cocktail and occasion dresses shot by David Frain of 

Vintage shades of red and yellow are so striking yet completely wearable. I think they would be perfect as bridesmaids, debs dresses or your next summer wedding!

Make sure you pop into Dirty Fabulous soon to see these and more! 

Thursday, 21 July 2011

1940s Glamour Make-up Tutorial by the Fabulous Maeve Byrne

As chosen by our lovely Dirty Fabulous fans:
Here is a fantastic tutorial on 1940s Glamour make-up by make-up artist Maeve Byrne.
I think you will agree that it is an excellent, easy to follow video. I've been a devoted eyeliner wearer for years myself and this video makes me want to drop everything, run home and start practising my flicked eyeliner all over again!
I'm also loving the matt eye-shadow pallet Maeve uses. I can definitely see one of those on my dressing table soon!
Make sure you pop over to Maeves Facebook page and oogle her gorgeous photos

We'd love to hear your comments about the tutorial and whether you'd like to see more!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Mini Wedding Fair at Daintree 61 Camden Street on Thursday 21st July 6-8pm

Daintree on Camden Street is holding a mini wedding fair tomorrow (Thursday 21st) in their courtyard. If you are in the area it would definitely be worth popping in for a look. You will be able to avail of discounts and promotional offers on the evening.
Once you've browsed among the lovely exhibitors you should definitely grab a bite to eat and a glass of vino at The Cake Cafe!
For more information check out:

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Vintage Style Wedding Prom dresses now available in Dirty Fabulous!

White Satin Bridal Prom with lace Illusion top €975

Cream Brocade Bridal prom with box pleating €820

It can be hard to source fabulous vintage wedding prom dresses in larger sizes and because of this we have been on the look out for an affordable vintage style range to compliment our original vintage collection.
We have just had our first arrivals of this range and I hope you will agree they are really beautiful!
We will be adding to this boutique collection but for the time being here is a taster!
Call or email now for an appointment to see these gorgeous gunas!
01 6111842

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Stunning bride wearing one of our bespoke birdcage veils!

This is such a beautiful and elegant photo of bride, Cathy wearing one of our bespoke cage veils on her wedding day....gorgeous!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Altering your vintage dress

Fitz Alterations on Drury Street

Corseting added to dresses to increase their size

We often get asked about the sizing of vintage dresses and about the possibility of altering them so here's a whole blog post full of information!!!
It's a fact that women were smaller decades ago, the earlier the decade the smaller the frame!
It's nearly impossible to get larger than a size 10 from the 1920's. This was an era when boyish figures where all the rage, busts were non-existent or strapped down.
Diets were completely different, there was no such thing as fast food, quick fixes or convenience bites. Work, meals and play required a lot more time and preparation.
The 1930's and 40's began to embrace curves...slightly. But this was war time and rationing played a huge part on everyone's lives.
It is possible to source size 12-14's from these decades but it can take more time, some dedication and patience is required!
The 1950s embraced the womanly figure, waists were cinched in, busts worn high and pert and hips where accentuated and flaunted. The 1950s is probably the most popular style today as it was made to flatter a women's shape, not hide it. Sizing does increase from these periods but the waist was always the tiniest part.
The 1960s saw huge advances in technology which lead to manufacturing developments and the arrival of the dreaded fast food!!!
As food became more readily available and socialising became part of a lifestyle (and not something just used to snag a husband!) our sizing has increased. Vintage dresses from the 1960's and up will see the most diversity in sizes.

The reality of vintage sizing means that finding dresses above a size 16 is difficult. Unfortunately finding a dress above a size 18 is virtually impossible.

Dirty Fabulous does it's very best to source a wide range of dresses from all eras in a broad range of sizes. 
We want vintage fashion to be as accessible as possible!

Due to the marvelous fact that there is only ever one of each dress this does mean that alterations are necessary at times. Don't let this put you off.
We'll also be able to show you how your dress will look with any alterations.
Minor alterations in Dirty Fabulous are free, and larger alterations costs are minimal at €15-€50...Totally worth it!

  • If your gorgeous gown is too narrow and it has a zip down the back then a corset panel can be added to increase it by up to two sizes. This is an excellent option and very popular, especially for prom dresses.

  • If your dress is too large then it can be taken in up to too sizes, but it will never be altered at the bust so this part must fit.

  • If the dress you love has a side opening then unfortunately there is not a lot that can be done. Side zippers where popular in the 30's and 40's to give a lovely sleek silhouette, but they can be difficult to wriggle into!
Wearing vintage is a frame of mind, women in earlier decades spent more time and effort on dressing, it was an art form and a way of expressing themselves in a male dominated world...
Spend a little time on your vintage dress and you'll know it's worth it when everyone stops to ask "where did you get that fabulous dress?"

For fantastic alterations at fantastic prices we highly recommend
 Fitz Alterations on Drury Street. 01 6751818


Friday, 1 July 2011

July 2011 New Stock

Audrey Hepburn Style Wedding Dress size 12-14

1960s Ivory Brocade bridal shift dress & matching coat - size 8

1960s White Daisy & rhinestone dotted lace mini dress  - size 12-14

1950s Blue lace bubble Prom  - size 8

1960s Kelly Green Satin Cocktail dress - size 8-10

1960s Hot Pink Carnegie of London A-line dress - Size 12

1950s Pistachio green & cream lace prom dress  - size 8