What fall fashions were Irish women keen to buy in 1960s Dublin?

As the capital of Ireland, it’s no surprise that Dublin often sets the sartorial trends for the rest of the country.

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This was true even back in 1962 as evidenced in this video, provided courtesy of the Irish Film Institute, that was filmed at the fashion show for The House of Cassidy’s on South George’s Street in Dublin’s City Center.

In the video, the regulars at Cassidy's were spoilt for choice when 123 outfits, from luxurious warm winter coasts to snazzy red cocktail dresses, were put on display.

The announcer of the nightwear segment notes how perhaps ‘you’d need extra heat beside the bedcover’ for these particular items.  

The dance dresses, however, were the highlight of the night with many an envious glance from the crowd. Cassidy’s was one of Dublin’s most popular department stores from the 1940s but has since closed down.

This video is produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Éireann (A View of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest-running indigenous newsreel series. It was distributed to cinemas throughout the country to promote the Irish language. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition. To see more of The Gael Linn Collection, click here.

The video below is published with thanks to the Irish Film Institute (IFI), whom IrishCentral have partnered up with throughout 2019 to bring you a taste of what their remarkable collection entails. You can find all IrishCentral articles and videos from the IFI here.

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The fall fashion show held at Cassidy's in Dublin provides a peek into the Irish fashion of the era.Irish Film Institute