Wednesday, 29 March 2017

All about Papermoon Bridal by Dirty Fabulous

At the end of last year we launched our limited edition range of vintage style wedding dresses.
These 8 vintage inspired gowns have been lovingly designed by Caroline and I.  
Taking inspiration from some of the most beautiful vintage gowns we've encountered over the years of our vintage obsession we worked to create gowns our customers would adore.  
Our capsule collection is called Papermoon by Dirty Fabulous.

 Papermoon Bridal by Dirty Fabulous

The Sweetie Darling
For all the sultry sirens channelling their inner startlet.  This 1930's style gown is begging to be sashayed in.  The rose gold beaded collar adds a luxe touch to a dress that is all about hugging the curves. 

 The Cherry Pie
A cupcake of a cutie! Taking it's inspiration from one of the very first 1950's prom dresses we had in store, which became one of their most asked after dresses. The blush colour and soft tulle pleating bring the bridal style stakes to a whole new level! 
The incredible cake in the image was created by Cathy's Bakes and Cakes

 The Dollface
We've taken the very best features of some of our most stunning 1950's tea length dresses and combined them to create a timeless and classic dress that's sure to delight. It even has pockets! 

The Cat's Meow
A champagne beauty the most wonderful aspects of the coveted gowns worn by old Hollywood movie stars. The low back, looped rhinestone encrusted shoulder straps and draped bias cut skirt make this a show-stopper!  

 The Holly Go Lightly
One of our most popular designs! The full lace skirt is reminiscent of the fabulous, fun dresses worn by Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. We've added a removable tulle shawl collar to create the perfect neckline.

 The Smitten Kitten
A ballet length tulle 1950's style bridal prom which has been decorated by shimmering sequins on a classic illusion top neckline. For the fun bride who wants to sparkle and dance the night away.  

 The Society Dame
The regal lady of the collection. This lace, form fitting wedding gown has a frothy, detachable tulle train that is begging to descend a grand staircase! The tulle collar can also be removed taking it from a show-stopping number to a sleek lace silhouette in moments. 

The Tallulah
Well hello there! A wedding dress inspired by it's namesake. Where do we start with this dress?  The jewel-detail open backThe crystal buttoned deep cuffs on an open slash sleeve? The fabulous V neckline? This is the wedding dress vintage dreams are made of!  

Prices range from €795-€1500 
Papermoon bridal was a once off capsule collection. We have limited availability so get in touch quick before they've all flown!!!
For more information contact Kathy or Caroline at or 01 6111842 

The Team for the Papermoon Shoot

We returned to our home county of Monaghan to assemble a team of extraordinarily talented and creative individuals that would help encapsulate their unique collection. 
The breathtaking photography by Táine King and wonderful film making by Ronan McMeel brilliantly interpreted the identity of Papermoon Bridal and the personality of Dirty 

The models on the shoot were some of the most amazing ladies we've ever worked with. They helped make a long days work completely effortless and fun! 
Thank you Lorraine, Airida, Miriam, Laura, Ustina, Cait, Ellen and Joanne.  

Photographer Táine King hard at work  

 Lynn McNally of I Do Make-Up was the make-up artist extrordinare who did the flawless vintage looks for all 8 models. It was an epic task!

 Michelle and Sinead from Serenity Hair and Beauty were absolute stars who created the most wonderful vintage hairstyles to suit each dress.

 Filmmaker Ronan McMeel and artist, Barry Quinn hard at work behind the scenes.

 The Papermoon Collection was shot on location in the Hilton Park
A fabulous location that can be rented for your own wedding!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

What to do with my big ol' brooch???

If you're anyway familiar with vintage fashion and jewellery you might already have come across some impressive vintage brooches!

Vintage jewellery often consists of big statement pieces, colourful Bakelite or beads and sparkling rhinestones. 

Costume jewellery was a great way to introduce style and luxury in  the budget conscious eras of the past.

But, you needn't think that the only place you can wear your big brooch is on your, no no!!!

Below are some inspiring fashion images from the 1940's to 60's to show you how versatile your sweet pin can be!

Then take a look at how we've styled vintage brooches on different dresses from our collection at Dirty Fabulous...

 1957 Christian Dior
1957 Vogue

Andre Perugia for Christian Dior 1951

Christian Dior in Vogue 1951

Suzy Parker 1959

Vogue UK, 1952 Photographer Norman Parkinson featuring Christian Dior dress

We've added a 1960's milk glass and crystal brooch to this stunning one shoulder LBD from the 50's.

If you have a dress that has a few areas of detail then try your brooch at different places.
The ruched, side of this dress is also prefect for an accent of sparkle

Who doesn't adore an interesting back! We've made the most of the sash on this 1960's bubblegum pink prom dress by adding a glittering 50's rhinestone brooch to the top

This 1960's black and pink Nat Kaplan suit had so many options that we had to show them all!
We added a pink rhinestone 60's star brooch to the cravat style neckline.

  It also looks great on the shoulder!

But, this is probably our favourite! The star looks like it was made to decorate the top of the lace keyhole detail on back of the dress which is under the jacket.

 This 1960's ivory flower pin, perfectly compliments our pretty 60's yellow organza prom dress

 One of the most striking pairings is our 1940's bird of paradise brooch with a teal 60's brocade cocktail dress.
The strong colour background makes the brooch stand out beautifully.

 Don't think that brooches are made just for clothes. You could try jazzing up a hat with a gorgeous pin.
The same is true for an evening bag or simple beaded necklace that needs a little wow factor!

If you have two brooches in similar styles, why not mix it up and wear both!
They'll look original and quirky... go you!!!

Some of the fabulous and larger vintage brooches we currently have in stock.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Honeymoons & Weddings Abroad by Confetti, 2017

Ooh, just a teensy bit jealous that two of our Papermoon Bridal dresses went to warmer climes without us!!!

Our Smitten Kitten and Cherry Pie, tea length, 1950's inspired, wedding dresses are featured in Honeymoons and Weddings Abroad; a new edition from the team at Confetti.

But just look how fabulous our gowns look in the glorious sunlight. They are the perfect choice for a destination wedding!
Styling by the ever wonderful Carmel Daly and gorgeous photography by Anita Sadowska 

Hair and Make-up: Roy Wong
Model: Aixa  

Friday, 17 March 2017

Going Green!!!

Vintage Fashion Photography in shades of Green!

Frances McLaughlin-Gill's photography, April 1952.

 1956 Balmain

 1960's fashion

 Christian Dior 1949

Jean Patchett, 1950's

Dirty Fabulous Green Vintage dresses

1950's Kelly Green, tea length prom dress

 1960's Mike Benet celery green, beaded evening gown

 1960's emerald green bodice cocktail dress with yellow brocade skirt

 1950's green and black brocade cocktail dress

1960's apple green Lillie Ruben, beaded cocktail dress