Monday, 29 August 2016

Real Bride: Straight out of a movie!

Real bride, Maria's wedding day photos made us swoon a little! 
Her Dirty Fabulous ensemble included a bird cage veil, earrings, and tea length dress with lace copped bolero. Maria wore it with the panache of a classic movie star. There is a real timeless beauty to the photo that even Audrey Hepburn would have been proud of!

Congratulations to Maria and her new hubby!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Recommended by: Ooh we love a good mention!!!

Dirty Fabulous has been chuffed to bits to have been mentioned on a couple of sites that we're major fans of and by people we really admire. It made our week!

First up was a piece titled Dublin's Finest in Fashion on Darren Kennedy's site Help My Style. I think we can all agree that Darren Kennedy is the most dapper man in Ireland! He is of course the face of the Dublin Fashion Festival and this year's festival is on course to be the best yet. Check out the Dublin Fashion Festival website to keep up to speed with what's happening!

Darren Kennedy in his swoonful suit at the launch of DFF!

Next up was a mention in a site that I can pretty much say I'm addicted to! I like to know what's happening in Dublin at all times and Lovin Dublin is my go-to for checking out new places.
Dirty Fabulous got a great mention in a piece by @RosemaryMacCabe on where to find a unique frock for those big occasions

Monday, 22 August 2016

Jess's Top 3 Vintage Outfits!

We recently shared Carolines top 3 favourite pieces in Dirty Fabulous and next up is our lovely intern Jess. 
Jess has been learning about all the ins and outs of Dirty Fabulous and what's really involved in running a business. We've also made sure that she's had plenty of opportunities to get to know the clothing and style a few outfits. These are some of her fav's...  

Look 1: Summer Fun
1960's lemon yellow cocktail dress with 60's floral hat, orange gloves and patent bag.

Look 2: Formal Glamour
1950's emerald green taffeta evening gown with ivory bodice with floral embroidery and rhinestones

Look 3: Make way LBD's it's time for the Little Grey Dress!
1950's gorgeous dark slate grey satin prom dress with light grey accents decorated with sequins and beading.
Worn with a 1960s black crystal necklace, silver beaded bag and bespoke birdcage veil.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016



Is it me you're looking for???

We're introducing a new email address:

If you could use this for all future contact that would be awesome!!!

Thanks so much

Monday, 15 August 2016

Our Email Is Down!!!

Hey everyone,

It seems our email address was spoofed which we're currently investigating.
If you received any spam from us we sincerely apologise. We're working on resolving the issue.
If you need to contact us in the meantime do so on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram on @dirtyfabulousvintage

Thanks a mill for you patience, hopefully we'll have the email back up and running soon!

Spotlight on Vintage: Vendome Tassle Brooch

This has to be one of the more unusual brooches we've ever had. The shape and colouring make it super unique and wait until you see this baby's sparkle in person... it's dazzling!

It's quite a big piece at 60mm wide with a 64mm drop and would look stunning on a dress, scarf or jumper. It's a real statememt piece.

The Vendome label was a branch of the well known vintage jewellery brand; Coro. It was in use from 1944 to 1977 and marked a superior and more luxurious collection of jewels.
Vendome used the best European rhinestones and faceted crytals, intricate workmanship and creative designs to produce high quality and highly sought pieces.
The Vendome label continues to grown in popularity among vintage collectors who appreciate the artistic beauty of this label.

1950's advert for Vendome
This advert reads:
"Vendome...the jewelry with such a magnificent play of colour, it rivals the rich opulent look of centuries gone by. Vendome... with thousands of lights that could really be emeralds, sapphire, topaz, pearl, Vendome... so beautiful it might have been handset by master jewelers in precious stones. Vendome... the fire, the sparkle, beautifully blended stones that bow to the elegance of fashion today. Vendome, the costume jewelry that is creating a place for itself far out of the ordinary, completely into the limelight"
Wowzers... I'd have been hooked!

1950's advert for Vendome Jewels

Our stunning 1960's Vendome tassel brooch is available to buy now on Open For Vintage

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Spotlight on Vintage: Trifari Jewellery

If you collect vintage jewellery then you'll most likely have heard of the label Trifari. It's one of the most coveted designers of costume jewellery available.

Trifari was established in 1910 and after several reicarnations it's popularity really exploded in the 1930's after Alfred Phillipe was appointed as the head designer.

He had designed for many fine jewellery houses such as Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels and he brought his knowledge and craftmanship to the world of costume jewellery. 
Trifari's diamante and rhinestone jewellery was hugely desired because of it's resemblance to diamonds and fine jewels.

You can see some of the stunning examples of Trifari's jewels in the 1940's and 50's adverts below. Even the colour tones of these advertisements ooze a refined sophistication!

We currently have these impossibly elegant 1960's Trifari earrings in stock. They really would go with anything!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Holiday Wardrobe Inspiration: Vintage Style!

Yay! We're on our holidays!
We're into the last stretch of summer now and hopefully you've managed to squeeze in a leisurely holiday or a staycation at the very least!
It was tough this year hunting out swimwear that I love, but I managed to find a few vintage style pieces. What I really wanted was something as glam, unusual and modest as some of these original vintage summer looks:

 These swimsuits are so daring for the 1920's.

 1940's floral shorts and crop top

 Aren't these totally outrageous for the 1950's!!!

 1969 Bert Stern white ruffle swimsuit

Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice

Vogue 1954

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Excuse Us While We Take Time Out!

Image from Vogue

We're off on holliers... YAY!!!! 

Dirty Fabulous is a 24/7 labour of love for Caroline and I, but even we need some down time. While we'll hopefully be soaking up some vitamin D, Dirty Fabulous will be closed on August 4th and reopens on Tuesday 16th of August. If you've any queries or want to book an appointment for after our return just send us an email to as we will be checking them.

See you when we get back!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Social and Personal Weddings Autumn 2016

Vintage floral earrings, pink rhinestone bracelet and tulle blush wedding gown by Dirty Fabulous

Pearl drop earrings by Dirty Fabulous
Sassi Holford dress from Sharon Hoey

Vintage pearl earrings by Dirty Fabulous
Blush silk gown with removable train by House Of Delphine 

 Vintage earrings and back necklace by Dirty Fabulous
Lace, white fishtail dress, Farage at Ciara Bridal

Vintage pearl and rhinestone earrings and vintage diamante bracelet by Dirty Fabulous
Premadonna dress: Pronovias from Kathy De Stafford

 Pale pink top by Stephanie Allin & Soft Blush dress, Romona Keveza both at Myrtle Ivory
1960's pink rhinestone bracelet by Dirty Fabulous

Pearl and Gold earrings by Dirty Fabulous
Beaded Clara dress from Myrtle Ivory


Photography: Anita Sadowska
Styling: Roxanne Parker
Hair: Michael Doyle for Peter Mark
Make up: Ken Boylan
Model: Simona at Catwalk Models
Flowers: Flowers Made Easy  and Flowers By Moira
Location: Tattersalls Country House