The way we wore at the National Museum

The history of Irish fashion in clothing and jewellery. Come and see garments made in Irish fabrics and the importance of textile production and clothing manufacture to the economy of the country.

The Way We Wore 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 that 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 that people have bought and worn over the last few centuries.

Location: National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, South Block, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.

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