Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Orchids and Sparkles!

Another beautiful picture of one of our brides who chose to wear a bespoke headpiece for her big day which was decorated with silk orchids, pearls, rhinestones and veiling.
Congratulations to Sinead on her recent wedding!

Monday, April 14, 2014

oooooh now you look familiar!

Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story, 1942
(photo via

Lace long sleeve gown with draped chiffon full length skirt - €980 (€735 in our April sale)

Jean Patchett appearing in Vogue in the 1950s
(photo via

Dirty Fabulous
1950s "Sabiens"hot pink satin structured one shoulder dress with peplum €410 (€307.50 in our April sale)

Marilyn Monroe looking smokin hot! This is a wardbrobe still for the movie "Niagra" shot in 1952, released in 1953.

Dirty Fabulous
This is a super awesome 2 piece suit, single rhinestone strap wiggle dress with ice blue satin feature bow and the cutest little matching jacket. €480 (€360 in our April Sale)

Carey Mulligan on the cover of Vogue giving it her greatest Gatsby style.

Dirty Fabulous
1930's chartreuse green velvet gown (much closer to the colour of Careys dress in real life!) €420 (€315 in our April sale)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Are you a Boho Babe or Garden Party Gal?

If so then we have some fab dresses in stock for you!

1970's Studio 54 era draped jersey dress with side slit for extreme dancing!
€480 (€360 in our April sale)
We have a selection of embellished lace capelets to add a touch of romance and give you a little evening chill coverage.
Capes from €110 - €170
This is a Christine Phillipe taffeta tiered gown with simple little straps €640 (€480 in our April sale), I have teamed it with a 1940's handmade blush crochet cape €130 and a bespoke belt €125.

You can change the look of your vintage gown very easily just by changing your accessories.

White plunging neckline 1970s Jersey gown €790 (sold)

Lilli Diamond cream jersey halter gown with flower lace over nude lining.
€620 (€465 in our April sale)

 1970's cream lace Gunne Sax tiered off the shoulder gown with satin belt detail.
€850 (on hold)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lilly Dache stop and stare vintage hats!

As a milliner, Lilly Dache began her career in the early 1920's when she saved her earnings and bought out her then employer, The Bonnet Shop and opened her own millinery salon. It was an instant success!

By the 1930's her business had grown to include a line in bags and other accessories. 
Lilly also began to design hats for movies to compliment the dresses of Hollywood designer Travis Banton.

She was the most famous milliner of her era, particularly in New York, at a time when hats were as important and sometimes even more important than the dresses they were worn with.
From the mid 1930's to 40's hats were de rigueur, milliners and designers were constantly trying to out do each other in terms of over-the-top fabulousness and Dache's were amongst the most outrageous.

Lilly Dache hat and jacket as featured in 1948 Revlon advert (image courtesy of H Prints)
(Caroline would consider trading her beloved cat for a hat like this!)

Her major contributions to millinery included draped turbans, brimmed hats molded to the head, half hats, visored caps, coloured snoods and romantic massed-flower shapes.
Lillie continued this reign for over three decades.

She had a vast movie star clientele from Marlene Dietrich, Betty Grable, Carole Lambord, and Joan Crawford to Lorreta Young, who actually bought the last 30 hats in Dache's collection before her retirement in 1968.

Carmen Miranda in a Lily Dache Pom Pom Hat

Delores Del Rio

Joan Crawford

Loretta Young 
Images courtesy of Movie Star Makeover

I was practically drooling over these hats whilst writing. I love how they are so unusual and still feel contemporary.
So next time you have an event that you need to make a statement at, start with the hat and work your way down!

Monday, March 31, 2014

City Glamour in 1950's style

Katherine chose one of our tea length vintage style wedding dresses for her city wedding and the results were gorgeous!
Such a glamourous and fun look and who can resist those cobalt shoes!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

OUR BIGGEST SALE....EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes that's right... up to a whopping 50% off our vintage bridal and occasion wear dresses for the ENTIRE MONTH OF APRIL!!!
Are we crazy? Maybe!
Flights are booked for our next big sourcing trip in May and we need to make some space for this new collection.
That means that you can grab an absolute vintage bargain. We don't do this often so make sure you avail of this fantastic offer!
Appointments are essential and as always Saturdays are filling up fast.

Accessories, headpieces and order-in dresses are not included in the sale and all purchases must be paid in full on the day. Those are the only niggly details, other than that it's a vintage gown bonanza!

Call us on 01 6111842 or email for your bargaintastic appointment!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Unban Wedding Show in The Gibson Hotel Sunday 23rd March

We love the Gibson Hotel.
We've had a 40th birthday party there, romantic nights away and cocktails with the girls on the panoramic balcony.
The food, beverages, ambiance and staff have always been wonderful! 
It's a fantastic location for a wedding and to show you just how to do it, the Gibson Hotel are hosting an urban wedding show this Sunday from 2pm to 5pm.

Dirty Fabulous will have a selection of beautiful vintage wedding dresses featuring in the fashion show by Derek Daniels at 3.30pm.
The gorgeous gals from Assets will be rockin' some of our fabulous fifties frocks and short flirty wedding dresses from the 60's all perfect for an urban wedding.

So for your city wedding inspiration and the perfect venue head to The Gibson Hotel on Sunday.