First Irish Fashion Fair 1964

In April 1964 the first Irish Fashion Fair took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin. The event featured a catwalk show with models displaying a range of Irish designed and manufactured clothes. The RTÉ programme 'Discovery' was there to capture the events.

The models featured in the film include Grace O'Shaugnessy, Adrienne Ring, Suzanne MacDougald, Ann Davis, Linda O'Reilly, Cathering Keelaghan and Hanne Jorgensen. The programme also features Gay Byrne in conversation with Irish designer, Irene Gilbert, and Managing Director at Harvey Nichols Woollens Group, Eric Morgan.

The Irish Export Fashion Fair was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin from 20 to 24 April, 1964. The event was sponsored by Córas Tráchtála (Irish Export Board).

The RTV Guide described the fair as "the most complete representation of women's and children's garments from Ireland ever presented in once collection. Knitwear, fashion accessories and fabrics are included, specially featured being the Irish tweeds which were used in recent Paris collections".
(RTV Guide, 17 April 1964, Vol.2, No.125, p.16)

'Discovery' was a documentary series broadcast on RTÉ between 1964 and 1967. 'Discovery', which first aired on Tuesday, 14 January, 1964 touched on many aspects of Irish life with an occasional spotlight on events of particular interest.

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