Monday, 30 January 2017

Magpie Issue 3: New York State of Mind

We were pleased as punch when one of our sparkling vintage dresses got to go on a little holiday to New York! 
This incredible vintage Lillie Rubin dress is dazzling beyond belief. We like to think it had a right ol' party when it was on shoot with stylist Courtney Smith and photographer Alex Hutchinson!
You can see it now in the gorgeous 3rd edition of Magpie magazine. 


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Real Bride: Uniquely Glamourous!

Oh we adored this wedding dress when it was in the shop, it was such an incredible design. It was very much a 1940's style but from a later era of the 70's.
We were over the moon when bride Siobhan chose it for her special day. The dress looked like it had been made for her and was absolutely stunning on!

Siobhan chose one of our bespoke feather combs to add an extra vintage flourish to her look and I think we can all agree, these pictures are gorgeous!!!

Thanks to Siobhan for sending us in her pictures and congratulations from Dirty Fabulous!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Confetti Spring 2017 : Marrying the Sea

 Blush pink tulle, crystal embellished wedding dress by Dirty Fabulous

 rose quartz headpiece by Dirty Fabulous

Photography: Studio Brown
Styling, florals and Stationary: Lovebird Designs
Dress and headpiece: Dirty Fabulous
Jewellery: Chupi
Plates: DANUceramics
Indoor Venue: Smock Alley Theatre
Model: Ella Killen for Morgan the Agency

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Social & Personal Spring 2017: Poetry in Motion

 1910 and 1970's vintage wedding dresses by Dirty Fabulous

 Edwardian silk cape and 1940s slip dress (on left) by Dirty Fabulous

 Vintage straw hat with veil  by Dirty Fabulous

 1970's Victorian revival wedding dress  by Dirty Fabulous

 1950's ivory taffeta wedding gown  by Dirty Fabulous

 same as above

earrings on model on left  by Dirty Fabulous

We are crazy about this shoot by stylist Roxanne Parker! It looks like something from the pages of Vogue and calls to all those fashion forward brides. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! It's just too delicious for words so run out and grab a copy of Social and Personal Weddings to see for yourself.

Photography: Daniel Holfeld
Hair: Michael Doyle & Sharon Bradshaw for Peter Mark
Make-up: Aimee Connolly
Styling Assistant: Yvette Byrne

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Real Bride: Vintage Romance

How utterly romantic does Dirty Fabulous bride, Maeve look! She wore one of our original vintage 1950's tulle full length gowns and sheer tulle veil. These pictures just give me warm and fuzzy feels!
Maeve's shawl was made by a very talented friend of hers and it was just perfect with her vintage wedding dress.
Congratulations to Maeve and her hubby!
Photography by Ruth Foran 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine Saturday 31st of December 2016

What a fabulous way to start the New Year with an incredible mention in the Irish Independent,  Weekend Magazine courtesy of Bairbre Power! Woohoo and welcome to 2017!!!
Models: (L-R) Joanne Brennan, Miriam Kerley, Ustina Maximova, Laura Hannon, Cait Douglas, Lorraine McLaughlin, Ellen Greenan and Airida Seskauskaite

A dress to say 'yes' to - whether you are a vintage or modern bride

Be it a Christmas engagement or proposal at midnight on New Year's Eve, January traditionally throws up lots of wedding talk. Our fashion editor spoke to a dynamic pair of sisters who want to open up the world of vintage to modern brides

Our shoot is the epitome of romance and shouts Monaghan pride as sisters Caroline Quinn and Kathy Sherry, of Dirty Fabulous fame, showcase their unique collection of bridal gowns.
Now based in Dublin, the sisters' store on Wicklow Street has been a haven of all things vintage, since they opened eight years ago. That was a brave move, coming as it did as the recession hit, but they stayed true to their dream and traveled the world in their quest to find genuine vintage pieces.
In a new move, they have combined their years of experience in vintage fashion to create a beautiful capsule collection of wedding dresses called Paper Moon Bride. Their latest business development came about by accident after one of their customers bought a blush prom dress and wore it as a wedding gown. The reaction was immediate and the girls found themselves inundated with requests to find other 1940s and 1950s bridal dresses from yesteryear, but assets were scarce. Caroline explains how genuine cream and white dresses from that period tend to be too small across the back for the modern bride because the garments were originally made for teenagers. In the 1950s, brides got married in delicate shades of blue and pink and it was teenage debutantes who wore the pale ivory tones.
"We designed the collection to open up the world of vintage to more customers," says Kathy. "A vintage wedding dress is completely unique, which makes it ultra special for the bride who snaps it up, but we wanted to create dresses for those that had missed out. The most beloved styles of our brides are the tea-length 1950s and 1930s old Hollywood gowns, so we decided to design four short and four full-length dresses. It's still a limited-edition collection because the uniqueness of vintage is our first love and we want to stay as true to this as possible."

The first dress to be designed was Cherry Pie, which was based on the first 1950s blush prom they sold. Taking that concept, they have designed the other seven dresses based on original ones they've bought, and sold, over the years. The dresses were inspired by names the sisters came across when they researched vintage slang and gangster speak. The dresses are available in sizes 8-26 and you can view a behind-the-scenes video of their shoot made by filmmaker Ronan McMeelin on
When it comes to saying 'I do', Kathy, who was married before the sisters opened their store, says: "The 1950s prom styles have always been my favourites so I'd have to pick one of the shorter dresses. The Holly Go Lightly has an amazing neckline and fun, full skirt." For her wedding, Caroline wore a 1940s white dress with shoulder pads and a V-neck. Happily married Caroline says: "If I was doing it again, I would definitely wear the Tallulah."

Main photo above: Left to right - 1. The Society Dame, €1,400: Ivory lace wedding gown with long sleeves, detachable tulle train and also available with a removable collar (not shown) 2. The Cherry Pie, €1,150: Blush lace tea-length bridal dress with pleated tulle full skirt worn with Cherry Pie Blush beaded comb, €140, and antique cream lace and tulle veil, €185  3. The Dollface, €850: Ivory lace illusion top tea length wedding dress with Mikado satin skirt and crystal buckle belt, pearl and rhinestone headpiece, €180 4. The Holly Go Lightly, €1,350: Lace and tulle sweetheart tea-length wedding dress with removable tulle shawl and beaded belt crystal chandelier earrings, €95 5. The Tallulah, €1,295: Full-length ivory draped-column gown with slash sleeves ending in deep crystal button cuffs, low V-back with crystal, beaded chain detail and bespoke crystal bridal turban, €240 6. The Sweetie Darling, €1,500: Ivory satin sweetheart gown with train and rose gold beaded collar, bespoke rhinestone comb, €140, 1960s gold and rhinestone drop earrings, €110 7. The Smitten Kitten, €795: Ivory tulle ballet-length bridal dress with shimmering sequinned illusion top, 1950s Aurora Borealis rhinestone earrings, €80 8. Cat's Meow, €1,500: Oyster silk stain full-length gown with draped rhinestone shoulder loops and low back, bespoke crystal swirl headpiece, €180, 1950s silver and rhinestone earrings, €110
Bridal dresses and accessories: Dirty Fabulous, 21 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.  Telephone (01) 611 1842,
Photography: Táine King,
Wardrobe and Styling: Kathy and Caroline of Dirty Fabulous
Make Up: Lynn McNally,
Hair Styling: Michelle and Sinead of Serenity Hair and Beauty Monaghan,
Location: Hilton Park, Co Monaghan,
Weekend Magazine, words by Bairbre Power

Monday, 2 January 2017

Bare With Us!!! We'll be closed for a couple more days due to Illness!

Poor Caroline has had pneumonia all Christmas. She closed up the shop for our holidays and went straight into hospital!
We'll be open again on Friday when I'll be back in Dublin.
If you need us or have any queries before then just send us an email to

We're Open Tomorrow Yay!

The wait is over!!!
Hope you had the most marvelous festive holidays. We thoroughly enjoyed our little break but we're itching to get back in store to all our vintage loveliness, gorgeous brides and party gals!
We're open from 10am in the morning so if you give us a bell and we'll get you booked in pronto.
See you soon...