Our city isn’t big enough to have a dedicated fashion and textile museum (although I think we should considering our famous Donegal tweed and Irish Linen). So, when I hear about any fashion exhibition happening in Dublin, I jump at the chance.
I will be honest and admit that I didn’t know about this designer until I heard about the exhibition. The Danish born designer was a graduate of Dublin’s Grafton Academy Of Dress Designing who then set up his own salon at the tender age of 22.
Renowned for his fine tailoring and perfect finishing, Ib (along with Neillí Mulcahy) was a founding member of the Irish Haute Couture Group, which promoted Irish Fashion abroad. As well as being stocked in Harrods and Liberty Of London throughout the 70s, he designed the Air Lingus uniform both in 1975 and 1986 plus designed the first uniform for the Irish Army Women’s Service Corps.
Enough with the history lesson. Let’s look at the clothes.
From the early 60s are some very Mad Men style coats in Irish tweed. I would wear these now. Good tailoring never goes out of style.
I always partial to some beadwork and these beaded 60s dresses caught my eye. From a swinging shift dress to a empire line gown, they wouldn’t look out of place on the catwalks today.
The Edwardian 70s dresses don’t agree as well but I could still appreciate the intricate smocking details, which must have taken forever.
The pink cocktail dress was very of its time but the 80s are back on the catwalks this season.
A cute and sweet floral beaded jacket had charm. This would be cool with jeans.
The standout for me though was the firework beaded jacket. So vibrant and fun. It illustrated the movements of the different fireworks so well.
Ib Jorgensen retired from fashion in 1994, ending with a retrospective fashion show. He then focused on fine art.