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The Lost Fashion History of The Liberties

The lost fashion of our capital city is a keen concern for historian Rua Ruth. She spends her days poring over old maps and newspapers finding out about the specifics of Dublin’s old rag trade, and these tours she offers are an opportunity to investigate a fascinating hidden history with her.

Ruth will be trailing a group of curious cats around the Liberties, a traditionally working class area of South Dublin, just west of Christ Church Cathedral.

The Liberties has always been a bastion for the skilled trades , and its participation in textile manufacturing was no different. There were tanneries on on New Row South , silk and linen weavers on Weaver’s Street, and can you guess what used to happen at Tailor’s Hall?

Of course you can’t speak about fashion in the Liberties without mentioning the National College of Art and Design on Thomas Street. It has produced some fine fashion and textile designers and continues to do so right up untill the present day, boasting alumni like Simone Rocha, Orla Kiely and Philip Treacy.

If you have a pasion for fashion , or indeed, for history  you will find this tour riveting. What a fun way to explore an historic neighbourhood.

Tickets: €15

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