Friday, 28 October 2011

Oh My! Caroline Returns with Amazing Vintage Finds from NYC!

Eeeeeek!!!It's the moment you've all been waiting for! 
Our stock from New York 
is here and is looking appropriately Dirty Fabulous! 

We're busy busy sorting all the gorgeous pieces. 
I'm like a child at Christmas opening all the packages, Ooooing and Aaaahhing my way through the day, it's also fitting that we're listening to some Christmas classics as we work! 
Too early? We don't think so, we're like busy little elves making sure that our lovely customers have lots of amazing dresses and jewels to get them through the festive period. 
(Rest assured, we won't subject our customers to our premature Christmas cheer just yet!)

We reopen next Tuesday the 1st of November, it's going to be hectic but we can't wait. We're fully booked all of next week, we have some appointments still available for the week of the 8th of November. So if you'd like to have a look through all of the new stock on offer give us a call or an email to book an appointment.

Below is just a little taster of  some of the gorgeous pieces Caroline sourced while in NYC.

1950s Rosette Pennington seagreen tulle and sequin prom €450

1970s Green polka dot halter satin gown €390

1940s 3 piece peach lace jacket & skirt with silk blouse €720

1950s Black & white cotton check prom with velvet bobble trim €310

1960s Orange brocade beaded two piece €480

1960s vibrant green silk sweetheart neck mod dress €260

1950s heavily beaded, white & rhinestone, on black crepe dress €320

1940s burgandy wine crepe dress with brass studs €280

1960s racing green full length dress with neck detail €310

Oleg Cassini 20s style beaded dress €840

Kitty Copeland Marylin Monroe style pleated dress €740

1960s turtle neck rhinestone peephole long gown by Mel Warshaw €710

1960s white full length rhinestone strap leaf detail €760

1960s pale gold silk coat dress with heavily beaded collar, The Broadway €620

1960s mod ivory mini with red crystal drops on collar and cuffs €540

Full length black velvet coat with pink rhinestone buttons €640

 1950s pale gold ribbon jacket with mink collar €420

1930s burnout velvet & feather cape €380


Friday, 14 October 2011

Closed from October 16th, reopening November 1st with Fabulous Vintage Treats!

'New York, New York it's a wonderful town....'
It's time for our Autumn buying trip ladies!
We're New York bound to source more beautiful wedding gowns, flirty proms, glamorous cocktail dresses and all the bejeweled accessories you Dirty Fabulous ladies will need for the festive period ahead!

We will be closed from Sunday the 16th of October and will be reopening on Tuesday the 1st of November with all of our new goodies.
The week of Tuesday the 1st is fully booked already, so if you want to take a peek at our new stock we have availability from Tuesday the 8th of November.
If you need to contact us while we're away you can email us on or leave a message on 01 6111842 and we'll get back to you as soon as we return.

Keep an eye on the blog for updates and some sneak-peeks at our fabulous new stock.
Wuhoo! We can't wait to hand-pick more luscious frocks for our lovely customers!


It's A Boy!


Image via

A massive, big congratulations, well done and wuhoo to 
my sister Kathy! 
(the other half of Dirty Fabulous and the regular voice of the 
Dirty Fabulous Blog!)
Baby Ruben was born on Tuesday the 11th October.
I'm so proud of you.

You're six months leave starts now. 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

1970s Goddess Glamour Style!

Pictured below is the lovely Bebhinn on her recent  wedding day.

Bebhinn looked stunning in a 1970s cream plunging Goddess dress, with  matching chiffon cape. Her glamorous look was topped off with a  1940s lace and crystal headpiece.
Congratulations to Bebhinn and her brand new hubby!


1920's Flapper Fashion and the Modern Uptake!

The 1920's were an exciting time for fashion. Corsets began to loosen, skirts became shorter and in a break away from the matronly style of the Victorians dresses became downright scandalous! 
The preferred female form was svelte during this era with ample busted women even going as far as strapping their busts down.
"The Flapper" was a term coined to reflect women who pioneered this fashion and revolutionised women's roles in society.
Flappers partied at jazz clubs, they smoked, drank and dated openly and frequently. It was the Flapper who and began the trend for women working outside the home. What would we have done without these redefining, show stopping ladies!!!

Original vintage dresses from the 1920s are delicate and rare. They were made of silk chiffon's, velvet's and silks and nearly always heavily embellished with glass beads, crystals and rhinestones. It was the weight of this beading that meant the flapper dress looked outstanding in the jazz clubs and gave a gorgeous swing during the dance moves. But unfortunately it's mostly because of the weight of this beading that most flapper dresses have not survived over time.

If you love the flapper style you do have options! Many designers have taken inspiration from this rebellious time and we can see flapper style dresses making their way on to the high street.
Kate Moss and Drew Barrymore are recent celebrity fans of this fashion movement.

If you desire an original flapper dress from the 1920s it's worth baring a few things in mind:
  • Dress sizes will be smaller. The largest size will probably be a size 8 and most dresses will have little or no openings, they will simply need to be slipped on over the head.
  • These are not dresses that can be worn often. They are super delicate as they are nearly 100 years old. They will look amazing for one or two outings. After that they can be used as display pieces.
  • They will be more expensive than later vintage eras due to their age and how rare they are.
We are very lucky in Dirty Fabulous to have an outstanding cream silk, fully embellished Flapper dress that is in utterly gorgeous condition for it's age.
This dress would make a divine wedding dress or formal occasion dress. It is the ultimate one of a kind party dress!

This fabulous piece of fashion history is a size 6-8 and costs 1200

For more information feel free to call or email us!