“Irish fabrics are enough to bring the fashion world to our doorstep, but the world will come all the faster if the fabrics are shown to the best advantage” – Sybil Connolly

Black Evening Dress

Sybil Connolly

Black sleeveless cocktail dress in silk previously owned by Gertrude Hunt.

Turquoise Gown

Sybil Connolly

Long Sleeveless turquoise wool tapestry on silk dress with boat shaped neck and flouncing hem line. Collection of Gertrude Hunt

Navy hostess coat-dress

Sybil Connolly

A full length navy hostess gown, with a high frilled neckline and three quarter length sleeves.

Deep petrol blue evening gown

Sybil Connolly

Deep blue full length satin evening gown with high neck line, three quarter length sleeves and low back. Made by Sybil Connolly for Máire MacNeil Sweeney, author of ‘Festival of Lughnasa’ and ‘Máire Rua, Lady of Lemaneh’

Cream Evening Gown

Sybil Connolly

Cream evening gown of silk with flower pattern crochet lace top.  This dress was worn to the world premiere of Mary Poppins when shown in Los Angeles in 1964.

Green Kaftan Poplin Dress

Sybil Connolly

A full-length sleeveless green silk poplin dress in a kaftan style.

Lavender Evening Gown, c 1970

Sybil Connolly

Dress of gossamer pleated linen in horizontal rows with fitted bodice, frilled scoop neckline and three quarter length sleeves.

Washer Woman, 1957

Sybil Connolly

A vibrant red three-quarter length skirt made from dried báinín wool. The interesting pattern is achieved by quilting.

Green Poplin full length skirt

Sybil Connolly

A full length green silk poplin skirt.  The narrow waist and very full skirt was a feminine shape much favoured by Sybil Connolly when designing romantic evening clothes.

Wedding dress and veil, 1945

Sybil Connolly

This wedding dress and veil were designed by Sybil Connolly while she was working at Richard Alan on Grafton St, Dublin. The dress is satin with a full length Limerick lace veil.

Wedding Two-piece

Sybil Connolly

Sybil Connolly made this oyster two-piece wedding outfit for her niece Gaye. The long sleeved boat neck top is in the uniquely pleated linen. The skirt is based on the design of the iconic ‘First Love’ dress. The hemline of the skirt dips slightly at the back.

Heiress, 1957

Sybil Connolly

A fairytale gown of chevron pleated handkerchief linen. The tiered bands of the skirt and waist are handmade Irish crochet, interspersed with blue satin ribbon. The décolletage is filled with Irish crochet motifs.

Pink Ice, c.1956

Sybil Connolly

Evening dress of pink satin with overlay skirt of Carrickmacross appliqué lace decorated with butterfly motifs and tiny pearls. For the first time, the lace was made in a colour rather than the traditional white.

Illusion

Sybil Connolly

Half-length coat of black Carrickmacross lace with three black bow closures. The coat is one of the few pieces of Sybil Connolly’s evening wear owned by Gertrude Hunt, whose collection mainly consisted of Miss Connolly’s day wear.

Red Evening Coat

Sybil Connolly

A full length rose red evening coat with a high, frilled neckline and frilled three quarter length sleeves. It is buttoned down the front with a single frill along the leading edge and around the hem.

Burgundy Evening Coat

Sybil Connolly

Burgundy coat of famous pleated linen and lined with a contrast pink colour. It is believed to be from 1957.

Brown Country Wear Coat

Sybil Connolly

Long sleeved brown knee length collarless fitted coat with round buttons and a full skirt and brown silk lining. The back has a double inverted pleat from the waist.

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