Monday, October 20, 2014

Vintage Lace, gorgeous Organza, Sea Green Shoes and Everything in Between!

A big congratulations to Kate and Dave!
Kate was such a lovely treat to have with us in Dirty Fabulous! She chose a 1950's embroidered organza dress with a delicate little 1940's lace peter pan collar bolero jacket to match.
She had planned to wear fabulous sea green shoes as a fun pop of colour so I made her a beaded headpiece  with birdcage veil and a sash to incorporate her colours in a soft and understated manner!
I think she wears it all beautifully.

Kate used the following people to complete her dream team!
Photographer was Laura Faherty 
Hair - Aoife O Grady of McAuley Scalon on Baggot St
Make up - Olivia Mahon of O'La Beauty in Killimor, Co. Galway (she's Kate's cousin!)

Venue was Middleton Park House, with further photos taken in Kilbeggan Distillery. 

xxx Caroline xxx

Friday, October 17, 2014

Spotlight on Designers at Dirty Fabulous: Kiviette

We have some special gems in the store at the moment so I thought I would tell you a little more about their provenence!

First up is

This beautiful 1940's strapless gown is currently in stock with us at Dirty Fabulous.
Bust - 40"
Waist - 30"

Born Yetta Schminsky,in 1893, she married Abel Kiviat and thereafter used the single name Kiviette professionally.
She designed for both theatre and fashion and was a very famous Broadway designer particularly during the 1930's.
Her Broadway career spanned from 1917 to 1948 and encompassed forty five Broadway shows, all musicals except two. 
She continued designing commercial fashion until the 1950's.

These original sketches by Kiviette were discovered in 1981 by museum director Oskar Pausch in The Theatre Museum at the Lobkowitz Palace in Vienna.
They were among an incredible 1,400 original sketches for musicals and musical revues produced on Broadway from 1900 to 1925 by over 66 American designers (20 of which have yet to be identified).
No one is quite sure how this collection came to be there but oh how I would love to see this astonishing array of sketches!!
They are so glamorous I can only imagine what the actual costumes were like, I'm picturing lush velvet, shimmering silks and sparkling jewels!
They are completely charming and full of fun!

During her Broadway career she designed for many, soon to be stars including, Fred and Adele Astaire (Fred's older sister and dance partner for 27 years)
Funny Face, Original Broadway production, 1927
Costumes by Kiviette
Music and Lyrics by Ira and George Gershwin

Tillie Losch, Fred Astaire, Adele Astaire, Frank Morgan & Helen Broderick

Tillie Losch

Fred Astaire and his sister Adele
The above photos are from the Broadway production of The Band Wagon, with costumes by Kiviette, New Amsterdam Theatre 1931 - 1932. 
This would be the last time that Fred performed on stage with his sister before she retired to marry Lord Charles Cavendish.

This is Lee Merriweather, winner of Miss America 1955 in a fabulous Kiviette evening gown

We always find it so astonishing to be able to look back at at the history of our vintage dresses.
It's thrilling to learn so much wonderful details about a piece in our collection.
This is especially possible when they have been created by a well known designer.
It makes them even more special!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Steel Magnolia in Bash Winter Edition 2014

We absolutely squealed with delight when the golden winter edition of Bash arrived to our door.
It includes the shoot Steel Magnolia which features one of our beautifully sheer Edwardian wedding dresses. 
Head running and screaming for your copy now!

Photography: Rich Gilligan
Styling: Niamh O'Rourke
Model: Franziska Flein at Models 1

Monday, October 6, 2014

1950's spectacular Harry Keiser gown for a super duper bride!

How awesome does Siobhan look in her 1950's ivory and turquoise sequin Harry Keiser gown!!

Siobhan was an absolute dream in the shop when she came in to look for a wedding gown.
She fell madly in love on the spot with this 1950's Harry Keiser taffeta gown and it just looked like it was made for her.

We teamed it with a 1960's turquoise velvet and gilt bag and 3/4 length ivory gloves.
Her gorgeous daughter also wore Dirty Fabulous!
She wore a 1960's Mike Benet Chartreuse satin and sapphire sequin full length gown and I also made her a matching headpiece to finish off the whole look.

Love love love it!!

Massive Congratulations to you both.

xXx Caroline xXx

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Vintage Coats: Somebody Help Me, I Have a Problem!!!

Am I the only one to be thankful to feel a nip in the air? I probably am, but let me tell you why:

I am addicted to vintage coats.
addicted I tells ya!

These are some of my favourites.
 coats take up a lot of room......a lot of room... I recently had to invest in another wardrobe to house my growing collection....Well, everyone has to have a hobby!

First up is a sherbert orange Lilli Ann 1960s jacket. I love this coat, it's light enough to wear in spring and an Irish summer! It does have moth damage but I that doesn't bother me. It is part of a suit but I can't fit into the matching dress, it is also too far gone with moth holes to invest in alterations.
 But I love wearing the coat.

  Next up is a 1950's bubble gum pink silk swing coat. So much fun!

This 1950's orange wool swing coat was given to me by a friend, I've had this coat for about 10 or 12 years now but I take it out every Winter and get it dry cleaned before it gets put away again in Spring.

I bought this black 1950's coat with fur collar and cuffs the first time I went to New York. It weighed an absolute ton, I had to wear it on to the plane to keep my baggage allowance from going into overdrive. It's great for really really cold days.

 My 1920's blue velvet cape is for more glamorous events. 

 This 1960's powder blue wool and fox fur cape is a recent splurge. I couldn't help it. I fell hopelessly and madly in love. My husband despairs of my addiction and his lack of wardrobe space.
 I wear this mostly on girly Sunday outings, art galleries and things like that. 
This was the inaugural debut of this coat, see how happy I am, new coat love....

This 1960s silk turquoise coat is also by Lilli Ann and very similar to the first coat but with sparkly buttons and an attached scarf. It too has a matching dress! I couldn't help myself.....I might need an intervention...

 This is more my every day coat, it's a teal blue 1970's, sort of like suede but not, it has sheep skin collar and cuffs. 

So there you have it, my secrets out...
Hello, my name is Caroline and I'm addicted to coats!!!
What's your fashion addiction?

Monday, September 29, 2014

All the Prettiness of Vintage Lace!

Photography by David Ryan Photography 

Vintage prettiness galore here! Niamh chose a  Dirty Fabulous 1950's lace tea length wedding dress for her big day and to add some extra glamour she teamed it with an ivory beaded comb, bird cage veil and Art Deco style pearl bracelet.
Oooh it's just so girlie and romantic!!!
Congratulations Niamh.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bird Cage Veil perfection for a flame haired Retro Bride!

Oooh how gorgeous are these images from Cheryl's wedding in The Millhouse .
They were taken by Tim from This Modern Love and I think they capture what must have been a fabulous day beautifully!
Cheryl wore one of our birdcage veils to compliment her retro look.
It's absolute perfection with her red hair and victory rolls.
Love it!