Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Part-Time Intern required for Maternity Cover September to February!

Vintage maternity wear as seen on Mad Men!

Dirty Fabulous is on the hunt for a fabulous intern(s) to take position during maternity leave from September 20th. This internship would ideally suit someone who wishes to learn all about vintage fashion or running a boutique.

They would be needed on a part-time basis from September to February.

This position requires a good knowledge and love of vintage fashion.

The internship would involve:
  • Sales: This is large part of this position so we would love for you to have experience in this area.
  • Photographing stock for blogging, archives, press and photoshoots.
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Customer liaising
  • Computer skills are a must!
A bubbly personality is essential please!

Due to the part-time nature of this position it may suit:
  •  Students of art, design, tailoring or fashion.
  • Those interested in starting their own business.
  • Beginner stylists
We are flexible with our hours and days so this internship may suit a combination of people.

Those interested should send their CV to for the attention of Kathy.

If you know of any budding fashionistas out there looking to build on their experience and skills, then spread the word.
This will be a great opportunity to get inside the retail, vintage, bridal and fashion world, meet stylists, photographers,bloggers, business people and fabulous customers.
All whilst learning about aspects of the fashion world that you mightn't normally have exposure to.

This will be a fun, learning position and who knows what it could lead to!

Looking forward to hearing from you!!!  

Friday, 24 June 2011

Loving these brides wearing original vintage on

A stunning 1940s wedding dress, altered by the bride to be backless.

I love the whole look of this 1930s theme wedding!

A gorgeous 1950's Emma Domb, a designer we often have in stock in Dirty Fabulous

This stylish bride chose to wear her mothers wedding dress 

I was super excited to see a multitude of weddings on the fabulous site in which the brides wore original vintage wedding dresses.
I think it's really important to wear a dress that is special and unique to your own individual tastes and these ladies, like our own Dirty Fabulous brides, have done just that!
We get asked all the time for backless 1930s and 1940s vintage wedding dresses but it was actually the style of these eras to be demure, covered up with full sleeves and covered backs. A lot of modern designers now do these styles in backless slinky versions that are often low cut. We have seen original dresses with these aspects but they are extremely rare.
This is why I was delighted to see a bride on had taken it upon herself to turn a dress she loved into exactly what she wanted...perfection!!!
For anyone planning a wedding the internet is an invaluable resource and sites like are an absolute must.  They can give you oodles of gorgeous ideas and you can drool over fantastic real life wedding photos!  
Remember ladies...don't wear what you think other people want you to wear... Wear What You Want To Wear, and most importantly feel happy in your dress!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Vintage Wedding Dresses at Dirty Fabulous

All dresses and accessories: Dirty Fabulous Vintage

Models: Cliodhna Foskin
Paulina Kwasniak
photo by: Kris Dolinny-

Make up: Emilia Kuczma Porebska -

hair: Renata Zaborek-

Friday, 17 June 2011

Closed on Saturday 18th of June for Our Fabulous Aunt & Uncles 40th Wedding Anniversary!

Loving this atmospheric photo!

Awesome hairstyles in 1971! (Kay made her dress & the bridesmaids)

Kay & Kevin leaving for their Honeymoon. (Kay is wearing one of her own creations.)

Unfortunately we're closed this Saturday the 18th of June, apologies for any inconvenience caused...
But, it is for a very good reason....
It's our awesome Aunt Kay and Uncle Kevins' 40th Wedding Anniversary and the whole family is gathering to celebrate their big, long everlasting love!!!
Being surrounded by weddings ourselves you might already know that we're suckers for a bit of romance and what's better than being with the people you love to honour a long term romance of 40 whole years!!!

 Here's hoping that all our romances are as cherished and long lasting as this pair of love birds, indeed just like our vintage dresses!!!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Vintage Designers at Dirty Fabulous

Bonwit Teller

Bonwit Teller was a high quality ladies apparel store, founded by Paul J. Bonwit(1862-1939).
In the 1920s and 1930s they carried French models, including duplicates of Lanvin, Patou, Vionnet, and Maggy Rouff, custom mades, and American-made garments including designs by Nettie Rosenstein. They were noted for the quality of their merchandise and the salaries they paid.

Henri Bendel

Henri Bendel (1868-1936) started as a milliner. He opened his New York City hat shop in 1896. By the 1910s, he was producing high quality custom made clothing, and he also was a major importer of French designs. He was one of the first Americans to buy at Chanel, and he imported and copied many of the French couturiers.
In 1931, the store opened a ready-to-wear (pret-a-porter) department, although they continued to be known for their top-of-the-line custom work. They continued to import French fashion through the Great Depression, but were forced to stop the practice with the outbreak of WWII. By this time, Henri Bendel had died, but his namesake store remained a major force in the New York fashion world. In 1946, the store was one of the first to view and buy from the new French collections.

Malcom Starr

Malcolm Starr made a popular line of evening dresses from the early 1960s through the 1970s. A Malcolm Starr dress was commonly a sculptural and simple shift dress which was elaborately beaded and sequined. These are always striking numbers!


Rappi was actually a talented Viennese-born woman named Syd Rappaport, who made a name for herself with glamourous formal wear which was much beloved by debutantes with a particular eye for style. Although there was no business connection with Will Steinman, they were certainly among that small group of formalwear firms which controlled the higher-end of the business (other firms in that august group included Lee Claire, Ceil Chapman, Camco Evening Fashions, Malcolm Starr, and Modern Couture).

Lilli Diamond

Lilli Diamond, a Californian designer, started her dress-making business in 1951. She was based in Los Angeles.


Eisenberg started in 1914 as a wholesaler of ladies’ clothing, but is known today solely as a manufacturer of high quality rhinestone jewelry. 
Eisenberg often included costume jewelry on their dresses. As many of these pieces were stolen off the racks, Eisenberg realized there was a market, and launched its famous jewelry line in the 1930s.
By the 1940s, the line was carried in most American cities. Eisenberg continued to use the narrow 1940s line and typical 1940s draping once the New Look arrived. Eisenburg stopped making clothing in 1958. The jewelry continues to be made today. Various marks include Eisenberg Original and Eisenberg Ice.


Christian Dior (1905 – 1958) was one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. From 1941-1946, Dior worked at Lucien Lelong. While there he attracted the attention of textile maker Marcel Boussac, who became Dior’s financial backer.
In the spring of 1947 Dior showed his first major collection, the “Corolle” line, which came to be known as the “New Look”. The “New Look” was made up of long, full skirts and a nipped-in waist that called for the use of a corset. Dior continued to be a major force in the fashion world in the 1950s, with a new silhouette each season, including the Princess line of 1951, the “H” line of 1954, and the “A” and “Y” lines of 1955.

Hattie Carnegie

Hattie Carnegie began designing as a milliner to huge success. In 1919 Hattie Carnegie, Inc. was born. This was also the year of her first buying trip to Paris. She bought French Couture dresses to take back to New York to both sell, and to use to make adaptations.
Until 1928, all the dresses at Hattie Carnegie were made to order, but in that year she started her first ready-to-wear line with Norman Norell as the designer. By this time, Hattie’s business had grown to be the size of a small department store.
She also began selling her ready-to-wear dresses, hats and accessories in stores around the country in the late 1930s. Her clothes were particularly popular in California, and many Hollywood stars were known to wear Carnegie’s clothes. This helped spread her reputation and helped establish her as a taste-maker across the country.
Hattie Carnegie is very often associated with elegance and high fashion, and even her ready-to-wear and more casual clothing always had a touch of the elegant. Carnegie’s fashion philosophy is often summed up as the woman should wear the clothes, not the clothes wear the woman.

Suzy Perette

Suzy Perette was not an actual person, but the name of a dress manufacturing company that made affordable versions of Parisian designs in the 1950s. The Suzy Perette silhouette of cinched waist and full skirt were extremely popular and a quality interpretation of Dior’s famous “New Look.”

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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Gorgeous Dirty Fabulous Bride in New York

Doesn't our lovely bride Tara look like she is really enjoying her wedding day! And that's what it's all about...two people who love each other celebrating the fact that they are committed to one another.
This wedding took place in one of our favourite cities: New York and looks fabulous, her 1950s prom dress and accessories are the perfect mix of chic playfulness! Congratulations you guys! x

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

1960s Psychedelic Glamour!

They definitely weren't shy about colour in the 1960s! It was an experimental decade in all senses of the word and the fashion of the time expressed this.
Out went the demure, girlishness of the 1950s and in came an explosion of colour and flirtatiousness!
Women became more comfortable in expressing there sexuality and as a result the hem line of their dresses crept up!!!
The above images are an example of how these vivid beauties were shot originally in Vogue whilst the last 3 pictures show a selection of our own sumptuous 1960s fabrics.
Colour clashing and blocking is not a new trend people....
Come and see these vibrant party dresses in Dirty Fabulous soon