Thursday, 24 November 2016

Party the night away in Purple!

The next month can be a busy one for social outings, work parties and get-togethers. It's not quite the festive season, but the run up to it can be just as cheery!
We have some fabulous vintage cocktail dresses that are perfect for any in-between seasons.
These 1950's and 60's numbers in various shades of purple are spot on for Winter parties.
Dress them up with coloured tights and heels or go a little more casual with a little cardi or wooly knit on top. 
Boom! Styling dilemmas solved!!!

Our vintage party wear ranges in price from about €180 to €350 for our completely unique and special dresses. 
These dresses and more are available in store now by appointment or shop now on Open For Vintage.


Monday, 21 November 2016

Vintage Family Photos and Similar Vintage Dresses in Dirty Fabulous

We recently came across lots of old pictures when we were clearing out our family home. Some of them we'd seen over the years, but there were others where we didn't recognise the people pictured.
Being obsessed with all things vintage we did of course check out their vintage duds and several outfits were crazily similar to some of the pieces we currently have in Dirty Fabulous. We just had to share our findings with you!
It's safe to say the photos highlight just how important and widespread fashion trends were throughout the various decades.

Our Nanny's (Granny) sister, Aunty Lili when she married Bud Herbert in America in the 1950's
Her dress was very typical of the early 50's with its little collar, sleeves and full lace skirt.
We've had several similar American vintage wedding dresses pass through our doors but the one we have in stock below is uncannily similar!

This dashing couple is Gertie and John on their wedding day. John was our Nanny's brother. When I saw this photo our own dress instantly sprung to mind. The likeness is remarkable. True 1950's styling! 

I love this photo from 1936 but we can't work out who's in it. It's such an evocative and romantic image from the 30's.  We love how impeccably stylish they look.
Her beautiful veiled hat reminds us of this 1940's topper hat that we have in stock.
Ours is decorated with pretty pink florals which gives it a feminine but classic look

This is our lovely aunt Kay in 1971 on her wedding day flanked by her brother and sisters (including our mum on the left). 
She just celebrated 45, happy years of marriage to our uncle Kevin this year... Hoorah! 
Her dress was a wonderful boho, full length gown with trapeze sleeves. 
 Kay made her own wedding gown and the bridesmaid dresses. She actually told me she made six of the bridal party outfits, in total. Can you imagine trying to do that today with all the pressure of planning a wedding! She's a rockstar!

Aren't the chokers amazing and so on trend now.

Our American vintage dress has many features similar to our auntie Kay's, although ours is a short and flirty one.


Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Dublin Burlesque Festival 2016

The Dublin Burlesque Festival kicks off today with several days of hi-jinks and glamour!

You can check out the full line-up here and don't forget to snap up your tickets as this is one hot festival! Our highlight is always the decadent afternoon tea which takes place in House on Leeson Street on Sunday 20th.

The fashion show during the afternoon tea should be a highlight to any vintage vixen's style calendar. Our own Dirty Fabulous vintage dresses will be sashaying through room!

Ms Truly DiVine will be easing you into your Sunday with her dulcet tones.

  Some Dirty Fabulous vintage fashions as the Burlesque Festival Afternoon Tea, 2015. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Adding Unexpected Colour to a Winter Wedding

Having a winter wedding shouldn't mean that you have to stick to the same old colour palette of reds. greens, golds or grey. There's a whole spectrum of colours out there that are just begging to be worn during the winter months. 

We've paired our 1950's ivory embroidered tea length wedding dress with tones of royal blue and we've added flourishes of magenta and oranges with the flowers and make-up.

The overall look feels quite modern and edgy despite being a classic, original vintage dress. 

Photography by White Tea 
Dark rich colours in peacock shades, metallics, rich yellows and pinks, cool blues and ice whites will all work in cooler months. 
Don't forget that if you are using a very dark palette like aubergine, wine or browns to add a pop of contasting vivid colour to ensure the overall look isn't too sombre. Brightening up your accessories and florals is a great way to do this! 

Image by Dan O'Day via Hello May

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Real Wedding: A Vision in 1940's Vintage

Our bride Ruth, looked like a movie star on her wedding day in one of our original vintage wedding dresses. She chose a stunning, 1940's ivory silk, mid length dress with the cutest pleated shoulders and button details.
To accentuate a real vintage feel she wore one of our bespoke birdcage veils and a gold and pearl comb.
Classic vintage styling at it's best!
Congratulations to Ruth and her new hubby

Monday, 7 November 2016

Papermoon Bridal Collection on Film

We are so in love with this film!!!

It was shot by our friend, filmmaker; Ronan Mc Meel in the glorious surroundings of Hilton Park House in Co. Monaghan.

The video captures the playful essence of our new vintage inspired bridal collection, Papermoon.

There was such a huge and talented team involved in making this. We'd love to thank them all once more!!!
A super Dirty Fab thanks to Cait, Laura, Ustina, Lorraine, Airida, Miriam, Joanne and Ellen.
To make-up artist Lynn and hair stylists Michelle and Sinead your work was incredible! 
We'd have been lost without Barry!
One last massive thanks to Ronan for interpreting Carolines' storyboards and idea's flawlessly.

Hope you enjoy our film and if you've any problems viewing it you can also see it here 

If you'd like to see our new collection contact us on 01 6111842 or to book your appointment.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Launch Night of Papermoon Bridal by Dirty Fabulous

It was a big week for Dirty Fabulous!!!

After several years of designing and planning we finally revealed our first, limited edition bridal collection, inspired by vintage gowns, called Papermoon.
Our launch took place on Wednesday night in Drury Buildings and we couldn't have been happier with how it went!
The gorgeous models from Catwalk Models looked incredible in our gowns!

It was all hands on deck to prepare for our launch which showcased a series of beautiful editorial images of our Papermoon collection by photographer Táine King and a short film by Ronan McMeel

We have to give a huge shout out to Peter, Ayelet, Aisling, Breffni and Liz who put in stellar work on the night and have been so supportive throughout!

Some of Táine's imagery on display on the night. I'll be doing a full post on her editorial shoot and the story behind it so stay tuned!

 The full Papermoon collection, consisting of 8 designs.

  The Tallulah

 The Smitten Kitten

 The Cats Meow

The Society Dame

 The Holly Go Lightly

 The Dollface

 Aisling O'Loughlin of photographing stylist Annemarie O'Connor

Us with the fabulous vintage vixen, Irene O'Brien

With photographer Táine King

We can't wait to share our Papermoon video with you, it really is stunning. Ronan McMeel has created quite the Dirty Fabulous masterpiece!!!

Thanks to everyone again for all of their love, help and support over the years. Our very own collection.... exciting times!