Vintage Fashion & Decor Fair

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Sunday, November 11, 2012
11:30 am - 6:30 pm

Royal Marine Hotel


On Sunday 11th November, 2012, the event all fans of vintage fashion and mid-century style have been waiting for!

On Sunday 11th Nov 2012, the highly anticipated Vintage Fashion and Décor Fair will return to The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire. Over fifty specialists from all over Ireland displaying and selling a wide range of vintage clothes, retro décor and 20th century memorabilia, plus style tips, demonstrations, competitions, music, dancing, cocktails .. a day of hunting for bargains and style spotting, where you can glam it up or ham it up and everyone joins in the fun.


With over fifty specialists from all over Ireland displaying and selling a wide range of vintage clothes and retro décor, there will be plenty to satisfy the discerning shopper – with all sorts of original memorabilia from 1950s homewares to film posters, pretty china, old advertising and curios!
As well as glamorous frocks and elegant hats, there will be retro makeovers and best dressed competitions available on the day. In order to get you in the vintage mood there will be all day retro entertainment, including dancing in the cocktail bar, where Ireland’s top swing DJ Karl Byrne will host the Speakeasy Club, bringing you the best in Vintage sounds, interviews, and live music.

Throughout the day there will be impromptu fashion shows, interviews with some of the outstanding followers of vintage fashion, a style makeover demonstration with Irene O’Brien, with hair by Joyce Clarke Henry and makeup by Amanda Hynes-Johnston; and a welcome new addition for the hard pressed consument: When Polly Met Daisy will be demonstrating basic sewing techniques, from how to sew on a button (so it doesn’t fall off again) to hemming or altering in a seam on your new vintage purchase so it fits to perfection. And if you want to take it further, you can sign up for classes in their Dublin city centre studio.
How to get there:

Dun Laoghaire is just south of Dublin, on the coast. Follow signs for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and once you arrive in Dun Laoghaire, the fair will be signposted.

The Royal Marine Hotel is on Marine Road, overlooking Dun Laoghaire harbour and just 3 minutes walk from the DART station, with trains every 20 minutes approx.

There are also lots of buses from Dublin city centre and west Dublin which stop either right outside the hotel or outside the station.

Route 7A, every 20 minutes, from Dublin north city centre (Mountjoy Square) via Trinity College, Merrion Square and Ballsbridge
Route 46A, every 10 to 15 minutes, from North Circular Road via Trinity College, Stephen’s Green, Donnybrook
Route 75, from Tallaght, via Dundrum and Stillorgan (a somewhat irregular timetable, see )

Royal Marine Hotel

Since 1828 a hotel has occupied the site now occupied by the Royal Marine Hotel. Originally know as Hayes Royal Hotel, William Dargan builder of the Kingstown Railway bought out the Royal Hotel in 1863 and built the Royal Marine Hotel designed by John McCurdy, who also designed many other buildings and churches of significance in Ireland during this period. The newly developed Royal Marine first opened its doors for business in 1865 and has been a Dublin institution ever since, and has hosted many Heads of State, Kings, Queens and celebrities including old blues eyes Frank Sinatra.

The Hotel closed for extensive re-development in 2004 and re-opened on the 22nd of June 2007. The re-development includes a new banqueting and conference centre,  with a superb ballroom which enjoys a panoramic view over Dun Laoghaire harbour, which is where the antiques fairs are held. Plenty of parking in the underground carpark (NOTE: up to 3 hours parking free on production of a receipt from the hotel bar, restaurant or coffee shop, otherwise hourly rate is €2.50).

DUN LAOGHAIRE is a coastal resort 6 miles south of  Dublin city centre. The Royal Marine Hotel is on Marine Road, overlooks Dun Laoghaire harbour and is adjacent to the Sealink Ferry Terminal. The local DART station is a few hundred yards away,  and numerous buses stop nearby, including routes 7, 7A, 8, 46A and 111  from the city centre.  In general, the fair includes a wide range of antiques and collector’s items, including silver, porcelain and glass, jewellery, Victoriana, old advertising, Georgian and Victorian furniture, linen and lace, prints,  books, coins and banknotes, postcards, military medals, etc. The mix of dealers exhibiting changes from fair to fair, and thus the range of items available at the fairs varies from one fair to the next.

HOW TO GET THERE: Bus 6, 7, 7a, 8 from the city centre, or DART to Dun Laoghaire station, and a 3-minute walk. By car, follow signs for the Stena Line (Dun Laoghaire) Car Ferry. The hotel is 2 minutes walk from the harbour.

To view a location map or to book accommodation at the Royal Marine Hotel, visit the Royal Marine website.