Friday, 30 September 2011

Vintage Fashion Show Round-Up

 Vintage Fashion Show Sunday the 25th September at the Mercantile on Dame Street.

Looking glam backstage.

1950’s lace and taffeta white prom wedding dress 
Bespoke cage veil fascinator 

Left, 1950's  teal lace dress with satin cumberband and full skirt.
Right, 1950's nude lace swing dress with 1940's dove grey fur cape.  

Left,1960’s hot pink satin beaded gown
Right, 1950’s pink tulle and satin ball gown, bespoke rhinestone belt and hair piece 

Left, 1960’s black velvet shift with chiffon and feather cape
Right, 1950’s red brocade wiggle dress with peplum         

Left, 1930’s wine and ivory bias cut gown with 1940’s fur cape
Right, 1950’s Bombshell strapless beaded gown

The final walk through

Above are just a few snaps from the vintage fashion show, organised as part of the Dublin Burlesque Festival.
We had the pleasure of styling the glamorous models along side other vintage enthusiasts; Horse & June, Jenny Vander and Hayworth.
Those in attendance enjoyed afternoon tea while the models sashayed through the restaurant in delicious vintage attire!
The fantastic Bugle Babes entertained for the remainder of the afternoon, giving a super 1940s vibe to a rainy 
Sunday in Dublin.
A huge congratulations to Epiphany for organizing such a wonderful event, we were delighted to be apart of it and are looking forward to the Second Dublin Burlesque Festival already!


1950s Vintage Day in aid of charity Age Action on Saturday 1st of October

Now here's a lovely idea for a Saturday and all for a very good cause!
A 1950's Vintage day has been organised by the charity Age Action to celebrate ESB Electric Ireland's Positive Aging Week & International Day of Older Persons.

The day begins with The Fox Trot, a gentle stroll around St. Stephen’s Green, down Dawson Street and  finishes in Trinity College with an In The Mood Swing Dance Afternoon Tea Party.

Wear your best classic clothing from the 1950’s & immerse in a day of pure, exclusive vintage entertainment.  Grandparents are encouraged to wheel their baby grandchildren in vintage prams and old style bikes i.e. High Nellies would be very welcome.
 The Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club will lead the way with their collection of vintage cars.  The walk will start around St. Stephen’s Green, through Dawson Street and end at Front Square Trinity College where we will continue the festivities throughout the afternoon.

When: Saturday 1st October 2011,

Where: The Foxtrot starts at St. Stephen’s Green.  Meeting point is at Bandstand, in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 at 2.30pm

What: Dress in your finest cloths from the 1950s and join us for our Foxtrot and Swing Dance Afternoon Tea Party.  Tea/Coffee, sandwiches and pastries followed by all the fun of  Swing.  Lots of prizes to be won the day.  Including a super gift voucher for Dirty Fabulous.

 Tea Party will be held in the Dining Hall, Trinity College, Dublin 2 between 4pm to 6pm (registration is essential – see below).

Price: €10 per person which includes Afternoon Tea, live entertainment and Swing Dancing with lots of prizes on the day.
All are very welcome to this event – Grandparents, parents and children.

Registration: As space in Trinity College Dining Hall is limited, it will be necessary to register in advance.  Simply call the line Fundraising on 01 4756989 who will be happy to reserve you a place or email :

Enjoy this lovely fun day out!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Vote for Dirty Fabulous in the Dublin Living Awards!

Oooh Dirty Fabulous has been nominated for an award for Dublin Fashion Retailer of the Year!
This is the first Dublin Living Awards which aim to celebrate the Dublin businesses, organisations and people that make Dublin a great place to live work and visit.
We'd really love your support and your vote would mean a lot to us!!!
For more information check out:

Or to vote for Dirty Fabulous simply select us here:

Thanks a mill in advance!!! 

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's Inspired Love Shoot by Christina Brosnan

Ooooh you really have to check this shoot out by the talented Christina Brosnan.
When Christina asked us would we like to supply the clothes and accessories for a Breakfast at Tiffany's shoot we absolutely jumped at the chance.
Claire made a fabulous (and enthusiastic Audrey) and the photos highlight a gorgeous, girlie elegance that Audrey would have been proud of.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Vintage Fashion Show & Afternoon Tea Anyone?

Dirty Fabulous are very excited to be involved in the first ever Dublin Burlesque Festival taking place this weekend, Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th. The Mercantile on Dame Street will play host to a very fashionable Sunday afternoon, with a vintage fashion show featuring glamorous pieces from Dirty Fabulous, Horse and June, Jenny Vander and Hayworth. And if gorgeous vintage fashion isn't enough there will be scrumptious Afternoon Tea on offer too! So if you're wondering how to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon why not pop on down to The Mercantile from 2pm-4pm for fashion & cake! What could be better?


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

And The Winner Is....

The results are in!
We randomly selected our winner from all of our beautiful entrants to our Dirty Fabulous vintage bridal competition and the lucky winner is... Jude who wore a 1950s ivory brocade and red satin wedding gown.
Congratulations Jude!
Thank you to everyone who entered our competition.
I hope everyone enjoyed drooling over all the gorgeous wedding photos!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Dirty Fabulous Bridal Competition Entrants Part Three!

Ciara in a 1930s silk backless wedding gown

Treasa wearing a bespoke Dirty Fabulous birdcage veil

Nancy rocking a 1950s silk chiffon prom dress

 Emily wearing a 1960s ribbon lace wedding gown

Maria in an Audrey Hepburn style 1950s taffeta prom dress

Regina wearing a fully beaded 1950s wedding gown

Claire adorned in a bespoke rhinestone headpiece

Ellen wearing a 1960s vintage butterfly brooch

Marie wearing a 1940s dark fur cape

Pictured above is the third round of entrants to our Dirty Fabulous bridal competition.
Don't they look stunning!!!
I love that each bride has chosen a completely different look for their big day that reflects their own style and personality.
Don't forget you can enter the competition no matter how long ago your wedding was.
Just send us a picture of yourself wearing your Dirty Fabulous vintage dress, headpiece or accessories on your wedding day.
Entry's to be marked "Bridal Competition" and emailed to before the 18th of September.

Friday, 16 September 2011

True Blue!

1960s "Malcom Star" beaded crepe gown €290.

1960s "Lord & Taylor" floral wool wiggle dress €220.

"Louis Feraud" navy & cream dress with red stitching €280.

1970s cobalt blue maxi €190.

1960s "Dynasty" cobalt blue shift dress €160.

1960s steel blue silk three piece suit, ribbon & crystal detail €350.

1960s duck egg blue A-line dress and jacket with mink trim €510.

1930s cobalt blue velvet dress with silver & saphire buckles €340.

The summer obsession with blue looks set to continue into autumn/winter. With splashes of electric & cobalt blues popping up on catwalks around the globe we decided to put together a little Dirty Fabulous "Cool Blue" collection of our own! Above are just some of the pieces we have in stock, so as the days get shorter and the cold sets in, wrap up in a mood-boosting blue number!


Thursday, 15 September 2011

Dirty Fabulous Bridal shot by David Frain Photography

1960s silver metallic brocade wedding gown

1950s Organza and Flock Ivory Prom Dress

1950s white French lace prom dress 

Phtographer: David Frain
Clothing and accessories: Dirty Fabulous

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Dirty Fabulous Bridal Competition Entrants Part Two!

 Jude in a 1950s Ivory Brocade and red satin Wedding Gown

Anne Marie in a 1950s Audrey Hepburn Style Satin Prom Dress

Louise in an ivory 1930s lace wedding gown, 1940s rhinestone jewellery & headpiece 

Neda wearing in a bespoke Dirty Fabulous headpiece

Ollie in a 1960s Golden ridged and chiffon Wedding gown, bespoke headpiece & gold & rhinestone jewellery

Siobhan in a 1950s yellow and grey tulle prom dress

Siobhan in a Navy Silk & Lace 1950s prom dress & bespoke headpiece

Pictured above are our second round of entrants to our Dirty Fabulous bridal competition.
I love that each bride has chosen a completely different look for their big day that reflects their own style and personality.
Don't forget you can enter the competition no matter how long ago your wedding dress was.
Just send us a picture of yourself wearing your Dirty Fabulous vintage dress, headpiece or accessories on your wedding day.
Entry's to be marked "Bridal Competition" and emailed to before the 18th of September.

Candy photoshoot by Stylist Alice Merlics featuring Dirty Fabulous

1950s purple and white tulle prom dress €320

1950s "Will Steinman" yellow tulle prom gown

1950s purple and white tulle prom dress €320

Stylist: Alice Merlics
Photographer: Oxana Kiryashoff
Model: Bruna Greatti
Hair and Makup: Abigail Baronetti
Clothing: Dirty Fabullous

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Please Welcome The New Additions To Our Dirty Fabulous Team!

Dirty Fabulous is so excited to be working with these three fashion savy ladies who successfully applied for our recent Internship position. As today marks the start of the Dublin Fashion Festival running from the 8th-11th of September I asked the ladies to style their own outfits for the shoot using Dirty Fabulous Vintage. Then I asked them to divulge what fashion, style and vintage means to them. So without further a due I'd like to introduce you to....

Fashion to me means expressing your own individuality and personality in the clothes you wear, and buying clothes you yourself find interesting. It's nice to be creative and individual when it comes to fashion.
I love vintage fashion, I think its great to have one off pieces that aren't sold in all stores, something different. I also like how there's a story to be told from vintage clothing as someone else has felt good wearing it before, especially a wedding dresses or special occasion wear.
When it comes to my own style i like mixing vintage and high street clothing, I love embroidered and detailed clothes, i find them the most interesting. Delicate and quirky pieces i also love.

 I love the romanticism of years gone by. I love the aesthetic of art deco design from jewelry to furniture, and the inherent style in vintage clothing. I think that's what I like most, everything seems so chic and stylish!
I've always wondered how I'd sum up my style if someone asked me! I suppose I like simple, clean lines and well tailored pieces. I like to dress myself happy, so I often add coloured tights, fun scarves and jewelry!
I tend to invest in one or two classic pieces and mix and match from there.
I'm looking forward to building my Dirty Fabulous wardrobe!

I don't think I adhere to one particular look, I admire too many different sartorial styles and elements of design to pick just one! I'm interested in fashion because of how transformative it is. I consider it an empowering force in the lives of contemporary women, as well as being a lot of fun! I first discovered an appreciation for vintage as a young student trawling through second hand stores searching for unusual finds! You have a very different relationship with an item when you know it has some history behind it, particularly if you purchase something for an occasion that's special to you. It feels like an investment, financially and emotionally.

Thank you Meagan, Emma and Breffni for joining our fun filled, fashion addicted team!!! 

Enjoy all the happenings of The Dublin Fashion Festival