See & Do

  • Ireland's Fashion Revolution

Readings & Lectures

Haute couture isn't a phrase often heard in the discussion of Irish fashion, but in the 1950s and 60s, Irish designers were well able to take on the great Parisian maisons with their designs.

If you're inquisitive about this period of Irish fashion, a world of information awaits you at the Little Museum of Dublin where some of the greatest Irish designers of the modern age will be discussed.

One of the first great Irish designers, Sybil Connolly, died in 1998, leaving behind a vast legacy. She designed for royals, held shows that were riotously well received by editors like Carmel Snow, and made a dress that Jackie Kennedy wore in a portrait. Her influence can still be felt - in fact, Gillian Anderson recently wore one of her now-vintage designs to the BAFTA Awards.

If Sybil was the queen of 1950s Irish fashion, and in the 60s, part of the elite fashion pack, the newcomer to the scene was Ib Jorgensen, a founder-member of the Irish Haute Couture Group and the first chair of the Irish Designers' Association.

Everybody wanted to wear his designs, from air stewardesses on an Aer Lingus flights to customers at Harrods and Liberty in London. He was the height of fashion.

Both of these designers, and many more, paved the way for modern Irish brands like Simone Rocha, JW Anderson and Danielle Romeril, so it will be fascinating to hear their stories, and learn just how things have changed in the half-century since Sybil and Ib were first in vogue.



15 St Stephen's Green






  • Wed, 11 October 2017 19:00 - 20:00