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The Grafton Academy of Dress Designing in Association with The National Museum of Ireland celebrates its 70th Anniversary with a Fashion Show, which will be held in The Riding School, Collins Barracks on Saturday 5th April 2008 at The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7.

The National Museum of Ireland has enjoyed a very good working relationship with the Grafton Academy and Academy Alumni and indeed is the perfect setting for a unique Fashion Show. Neilli Mulcahy, an early graduate of the Grafton Academy whos exhibition entitled Neili Mulchay – Irish Haute Couture of the 50’s and 60’s opened in the Museum in October ’07 and looks in detail at the work of the Irish Fashion designer from 1951 to 1969. Neilli’s use of fabrics, the presentation of her annual collection and her success in America are some of the themes explored. This exhibition includes a selection of day and evening wear supported by contemporary photography, fashion illustrations, newspaper cuttings and items from Neilli’s archive.

Also present on the evening will be Ib Jorgensen, whose Haute Couture career has spanned over 40 years, selling in international Designer Rooms such as Harrods, Libertys and Fortnum & Mason. Ib Jorgensen has also been invited by the Museum to have retrospective exhibition of his collection covering his couture career of approximately 40 years. Part of this collection will be donated by the owners for the semi permanent exhibition to be held at the Museum, a date is to be confirmed.

In addition to semi permanent exhibitions we also have a permanent exhibition which complements the themes explored above entiltiled:

The Way We Wore – 250 Years of Irish Clothing and Jewellery

This exhibition displays clothing and jewellery worn in Ireland principally from the 1760s to the 1960s. Although many still think of ‘Irish Dress’ in the context of woollens worn in the West of Ireland, this exhibition shows that in the past the majority of Irish people, even those who wore locally woven fabrics (silk, linen, wool and cotton) dressed in styles which competed with the fashion conscious of Europe. The exhibition of jewellery features some of the materials from which jewellery has been made, the variety of reasons for wearing jewellery and the range of styles which people have bought and worn over the last few centuries.

The Fashion Show is a Ticket Only Event – No Tickets will be sold on the evening.

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Exhibitions are open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays. Closed Monday. Admission to all exhibitions at the National Museum of Ireland are free of charge. Museum shop and Café on site.

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