Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Dreaming of a career in fashion design? Step closer with a Dirty Fabulous Internship!

 (Dirty Fabulous 1950's vintage tulle dress photographed by Paul Marconi)

Dirty Fabulous is offering a short term internship.
This internship is particularly for those with an interest in sewing technique, beading, dress construction and vintage fashion. It would most likely suit a fashion student looking to gain more practical experience.
Internships are for either a 3 or 6 month program on a part time basis.
If you would like to join the Dirty Fabulous team (and who wouldn't!) gain invaluable insight and experience behind the scenes then please contact Caroline at
 Please include your CV, availability and general experience with sewing.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Not Quite Spring Colours!!!

1950s blue ruched prom dress with sky blue neckline
 1950s lipstick red nylon ruched prom 
1950s Cobalt blue taffeta prom with blue velvet inserts

1950's pale lilac taffeta and lace prom dress
1960's baby blue sheer draped nylon over nude lining prom dress

1950s coral tulle and lace prom dress

1950's pale sage green taffeta prom dress with beaded neckline

We're pretty much stuck mid season; it's definitely Wintry out there but Spring is literally around the corner.
So the challenge at this time of year can be what to year to your important party or wedding.
We think these coloured prom dresses will inspire you. 
Coral, blue, sage, red and lilac are perfect shades for this time of year. They have both a freshness and warmth about them. All you need is a cosy beaded cardi to keep the chill off and you are set.
Our original vintage prom dresses start at €180

Call now for your appointment at 01 6111842
or email

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Silk, beaded and jewelled flapper dresses

As you may have gathered the 1920's flapper dress is a huge trend in fashion right now.
Original flapper dresses are extremely rare and are priced as such. 
They also tend to come in smaller sizes.
Despite this, they remain one of the most dazzling pieces of fashion history.
Dirty fabulous has a select range of original flapper and flapper style vintage dresses from later eras.
We also have many stunning accessories to add to any dress to add a spark of flapper glamour, perfect when adding a touch of authenticity to a high street flapper dress. Why not try a beaded shawl, fur stole, intricate headpiece or shimmering jewels.
Call Dirty Fabulous now on 01 6111842 or email

A pink 1950's cardi for a beaming bride!

This is such a sweet look on the lovely Aoife, who chose a soft pink wool cardigan from the 1950's to keep the chill of her during her winter wedding. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Rock that Dress - 1950's prom with red heels and retro hair!


I am in love with Sonia's styling of her 1950's, Dirty Fabulous, lace vintage wedding dress on her recent big day.
I need both the shoes and the rolled hair-do in my life!
The whole look was casually cool yet still oozed glamour, the groom looks pretty dapper too!

Monday, 14 January 2013

Ireland's Wedding Journal Spring 2012

1950's earrings by Dirty Fabulous

Bespoke rhinestone headpiece and 1930s sequin cape by Dirty Fabulous

1940's sheer lace beaded cape by Dirty Fabulous

1920s rhinestone and pearl necklace by Dirty Fabulous

1920s rhinestone and pearl necklace by Dirty Fabulous

Vintage lace wedding dress by Dirty Fabulous

Bespoke sheer tulle and rhinestone bridal cap by Dirty Fabulous 

Friday, 11 January 2013

A beautiful birdcage for a beautiful bride

Joanne looks truely stunning in her Dirty Fabulous birdcage veil and rhinestone headpiece.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Individuality at it's best!

Doesn't this look like an awesome wedding!!!
Elinor looks amazing in her Dirty Fabulous ivory and yellow 1950's prom dress and bespoke headpiece.
I'm practically drooling over those heels!

For your own individual vintage wedding dress call 01 6111842 or email

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

The Weekend Magazine - Independent Saturday 29th December

I was absolutely delighted to be asked to feature in a recent piece in The Weekend magazine titled
One Little Black dress Equals Four Looks
Four bloggers and Stylists were asked to transform a simple black pencil dress from Zara into different looks which could take you to a party, wedding or the races.
Stylist Maria Fusco, Yvonne Crotty from Bonzie Designs, model/stylist Dee Morrisey and myself all chose completely different looks that showcased how we would update a little black dress (a must for every girls wardrobe!).

I stuck to my vintage roots with a look that harked back to the 1950s. I teamed the black pencil dress with a vibrant turquoise 1950s' bolero and ruched evening gloves, rhinestone earrings, brooch and bracelet and a 1960s black velvet and crystal clutch bag. I topped it of with a fabulous blue floral headband with dotty black cage veil also from the 50's. (all available from Dirty Fabulous) 
The black patent loafers are from Fitzpatrick's on Grafton Street. 

The stunning Clara McSweeney from Andrea Roche Model Agency knows how to rock a retro look!

Maria Fusco, Myself and Yvonne Crotty having fun on the shoot!

Fashion Editor: Bairbre Power
Photography: Emily Quinn
Clara's Hair:  Gary Kavanagh, creative director, Peter Mark
Clara's Make-up: Audrey Bourke for MAC

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Back after the Festivities!

We don't do things by half at Christmas in our family and here's a few snapshots of our crazy festivities. We hope your holidays were as wonderful as ours!

Harking back to the 30's at Film Fatale's Casablanca movie night

Dirty Fabulous Xmas party in the Vintage Cocktail Club


Anywho's...Dirty Fabulous is open again after our festive holidays so make your appointment now to come in and see our gorgeous vintage collection.
Call on 01 6111842 or email