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ICONS OF STYLE: Dorothy’s Blue Gingham Dress at the Newbridge Silver Museum of Style Icons

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Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore! Most of us will remember dowdy Dorothy’s iconic blue gingham dress from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, and now the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons is offering Irish Judy Garland fans a once in a lifetime opportunity in which to marvel at the ACTUAL dress displayed in their hallways. The dress was sold to an anonymous bidder for … [Read more...]

ICONS OF STYLE: HITCHCOCK HEROINE TIPPI HEDREN

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Vicky Kavanagh on the enduring style of “The Girl”   If you haven’t already heard, brace yourselves. Sienna Miller is playing Tippi Hedren, Alfred Hitchcock’s star of “The Birds” in an upcoming TV film, The Girl. The BBC film focuses on Hitchcock’s psychopathic obsession with Hedren during The Birds and how the glamorous star coped with his oppressive ways. Not only … [Read more...]

ICONS OF STYLE: THE TOP 10 MOST ICONIC WEDDING DRESSES

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In honour of Natalie Portman marrying Benjamin Millepied last weekend, Vicky Kavanagh looks back at some of the most beautiful and jaw-dropping dresses from days gone by. In some cases, the dress lasted longer than the marriage; proof that fashion is eternal!   10.  Jackie marries Jack Does anyone else find it hard to look at pictures of the future President Kennedy and his bride … [Read more...]

ICONS OF STYLE: ROCK ‘N ‘ROLL IT LIKE A ROLLING STONE

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This month celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Rolling Stones’ gig on London's Oxford Street back in 1962. Isn't it incredible to think that back then, nobody - not even the Stones themselves - knew the global and cultural icon the band would turn into? Whether you enjoy their music or not, your fashion world has been, and will continue to be, touched by their influence. The logo of … [Read more...]

ICONS OF STYLE: HOLLYWOOD COSTUMES

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I’m not going to lie, when I heard that the Victoria & Albert museum in London is hosting a “Hollywood Costumes” exhibition this October, I was pretty darn excited. In fact, I hadn’t been that excited since I heard The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield was re-opening! So in overall regard to my happiness, it was a good week. Since the announcement, there has been widespread interest … [Read more...]

ICONS OF STYLE: AN ODE TO ELIE SAAB

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Oh Elie Saab, let me count the ways I love thee. The designer might have received widespread acclaim with his 2012 designs, but his star has been steadily on the rise for the past two decades. Born in 1964 in Lebanon, Saab is rather unusually, a self-taught designer. At the age of 9, he started making dresses for his sisters and the passion in women’s clothing never left. During his teenage … [Read more...]

ICONS OF STYLE: VANITY FAIR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF GRAYDON CARTER

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From Underdog to Top-Dog: 20 years at the helm   Anna Wintour. Jo Elvin. Franca Sozzani. In terms of Fashion Editors, women rule the roost. Their names are uttered with reverence by those who recognise their cultural and social influence. Their publications are viewed as reflections and extensions of our lives. The name Graydon Carter might not be as well known to the masses; but he … [Read more...]

ICONS OF STYLE: PARIS

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Oh, Mon Dieu! Vicky Kavanagh on the fashion capital of Europe “I love Paris in the Springtime, I love Paris in the Fall”, so the song goes from the beautifully filmed High Society, and isn’t it the truth – Paris is loveable all year ‘round! For those who haven’t been, it is undeniable that Parisians’ personalities are, em, an acquired taste. But I’m willing to overlook that … [Read more...]

ICONS OF STYLE: COCO CHANEL’S 2.55 BAG

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Bonjour, mes amis! Let me take you on a journey through the mists of time… I’ll set the scene: its 1920s Paris. It’s 2pm but people are already merry on champagne and joie de vie. Some jazzy music is playing in the local bistro as the “Beautiful and The Damned” of Fitzgerald’s world fill the room with smoke and laughter.  It is a time of excess, indulgence and love.  It is the latter … [Read more...]

ICONS OF STYLE: FORMER HARPER’S BAZAAR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CARMEL SNOW

On February 12 1947, Christian Dior held his first fashion show as an independent designer. The show made fashion history and Carmel Snow coined the phrase "New Look" for his smash-hit collection.

An Irish visionary in the world of fashion. As I was happily trawling through the second-hand section of Chapters book store last week, I stumbled across a book about the life of Carmel Snow. I’m not going to lie; the name wasn’t familiar. But the hardback book, A Dash of Daring: Carmel Snow and Her Life in Fashion, Art and Letters, grabbed my attention. The more knowledgeable than me … [Read more...]