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Rose of Tralee: Gowns of Glory

August 21 @ 9:30 am - October 6 @ 5:00 pm

This exhibition charts the changing styles in the dresses worn by the winning Roses over the past decades. In the early years, the Roses either made their own dresses or bought “off-the-rack”. From 1978 the competition was broadcast live on RTE and this had a major impact in the following decades. Designers became keen to get their styles shown on one of the nation’s most-watched TV programmes, and many of the gowns on display were designed specifically for the occasion. The dresses are part of a wider context in fashion trends and some are very much of their time, notably the 1980s with its puffy sleeves and flouncy skirts. Styles have become sleeker since then, with designs aiming for timeless elegance. ​

Suitable for Children under 12 Wheelchair Access (Full) Car Parking Available



August 21 @ 9:30 am
October 6 @ 5:00 pm