Ireland’s Fashion Radicals: Don’t Miss This New Exhibition

A new EXHIBITION at the LITTLE MUSEUM OF DUBLIN is celebrating our fashion TRAILBLAZERS

Sybil Connolly

In 1950s Ireland, a small group of fashion designers, including Sybil Connolly, Clodagh, Mary O’Donnell, Neillí Mulcahy and Ib Jorgensen, found international fame and racked up celebrity fans, catapulting the country into the spotlight. This exhibition, running until March 25 at the Little Museum of Dublin, salutes the talent and courage of these pioneers.

Mary O’Donnell

“From a ballgown worn in Buckingham Palace to pink lurex bell-bottoms worn to the disco, this show celebrates Irish design at its most innovative,” explains historian and author Robert O’Byrne, who is curating the exhibition. It is presented by Debenhams in association with Persil, Magee, DoDublin, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Models wearing Clodagh

John Bebbington, Regional Director for Debenhams Ireland, said, “This exhibition not only highlights the impact Irish designers have had on the world of fashion, but also their importance in paving the way for future designers. At Debenhams we have made it our mission to bring designers to the high-street so it was the perfect collaboration for us.  We are looking forward to the coming weeks and being part of this unique exhibition celebrating Irish fashion and its heritage.”

Michelina Stacpoole

Sarah Breen

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