Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Real Bride: Sandra - Beautiful in Beaded Champagne

Our fabulous bride Sandra, chose a delicate champagne beaded, vintage mid-length dress for her recent wedding. We paired it with a matte gold headpiece and birdcage veil that worked beautifully with Sandra's sparkly heels. We just adore her whole look!
Congratulations to Sandra and her new hubby!

Friday, 14 September 2018

A Guide to Vintage Wedding Dress Shopping as seen on Confetti.ie

We recently did a guide on how to shop for a vintage wedding dress. Pop on over to Confetti to get all the important hints and tips on finding your dream vintage gown!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Real Bride: Mags giving us beautiful Hepburn vibes!

Our gorgeous bride Mags, wore a 1960's ivory, knee length dress with balloon sleeves and high neck for her recent wedding. She paired it with one of our veiled, vintage hats and we're swooning over her Audrey Hepburn style!

Congratulations to Mags on her recent wedding

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Off To The Races

Whether you're in the midst of race season or already planning for ladies day next year, take a little time to soak up these inspiring vintage images.
One of the things we adore about vintage fashion photographs is how complete every outfit was; from the make-up, headpieces, gloves and hat, each was an important element.
Every accessory was coordinated  and no detail overlooked. A flawless finish was de rigueur. 
Vintage fashion is a fabulous place to start to searching out interesting style ideas that you know are going to be classic, playful and oh so chic! 
Probably the most important aspect of any Race Look is the hat. It's the ultimate accessory and so important that sometimes people start with the hat and then match the dress! We have an incredible and extensive collection of vintage hats from the 1930's to 60's in stock.  Just take a peak at a few of them further down and some example of how they could be styled with our vintage dresses.
1955 Mary Jane Russel


1940's dusky grey, wide brim hat with flowers

 1940's Mr Joseph topper hat with orange floral spray

 1940's black open weave hat

1950's pillbox red raffia hat

 1940s mushroom and cream lace widebrim hat

1960s yellow raffia hat with netting

 1940's cream hat with red roses

 1950s yellow lace bandeau hat with net

 1940's black and white woven beret with roses


Friday, 13 July 2018

Closed For Summer Holidays: Saturday 14th July until Tuesday 24th July

John Rawlings Photo, 1948

Us Dirty Fabulous gal's are off on a little staycation to recharge our batteries and revel in family time!
We'll open again on Tuesday 24th of July. 
We'll be checking our mail while we're closed so if you want to book your appointment for our return just get in touch: hello@dirtyfabulous.com
See you all then!

Monday, 2 July 2018

The Vintage American Prom Dress

The 1950's prom dress is one of the most recognisable and coveted vintage dresses out there. It's a style our customers ask for, again and again.  But why was such a fantastical dress designed in the first place?

Debutante balls originated sometime in the 1800's in America. They were a big part of a young persons transition into adulthood and particularly began to grow from the 1930's on-wards. Post-war America, saw a growth in wealth.  People had more expendable money and began spending more on leisure. It's at this stage that the High School Prom really took off. Before this, parties of this type were only for the wealthy, upper classes, debutantes launching into society and grand balls. The High School Prom brought soirees to the gym hall and eventually expanded out into hotels.

It was a way to celebrate and indulge in fashion and fun. The introduction of the Prom Queen meant that the young ladies of the time tried to out-do each other with the most elaborate dress. The bigger the better! 
The shape of the prom dress was influenced by the hugely popular "New Look" style by Dior of the late 40's. It was tightly fitted on top, particularly at the waist with a full circle, voluminous skirt.  
Prom dresses were decorated with masses of tulle, lace, corsages, beads and sequins, sashes, bows, ribbon and every other decoration you could think of as the young ladies tried to best each other in the glamour stakes!

We have a huge collection of original vintage prom dresses from the 1940's to 1960's but we really specialise in the 50's proms. Some are featured at the end of this post. We've also come across similar dresses to those pictured in the real, vintage photographs and fashion advertisements of the day. It's such a treat to see them as they were over 60 years ago. Owning one of these is a real snippet of history! Imagine twirling on the dance floor in something so iconic!
Today, our customers wear their vintage prom dresses for their wedding, as bridesmaids, to the debs, for a milestone birthday party, on the red carpet, as wedding guests and at the races.

Real Life Prom Photos


Prom Dress Advertisements and Fashion Photography

We have a dress in the shop that could be a twin of the green one. Pictured further down
So many ruffles!

Dirty Fabulous 1950's Prom Dresses