Fashion

UNISEX FASHIONS

TATTOOS
Tattooing wouldn’t be what it is today were it not for Irish-Americans.

IRISH BOY AND GIRL, 1929
Two recent immigrants from the late 20s, both children, both looking great.


MEN’S FASHION

THE IRISH BEARD
The beard has made a comeback. Let’s take a look at distinctly Irish examples.

KANSAS CITY, 1909
Taking points from an old photo, here’s a look we call the Ward Heeler.

MOSE THE FIREBOY
A stage character based on a Bowery B’hoy, one of the first American youth movements.

FISHERMAN FABULOUS
Just because you’re pulling scrod from nets doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable.

CLANCY BROTHER
Now you too can dress like you’re singing Irish songs in Greenwich Village in the 1960s.

TRADITIONAL IRISH COSTUME
If by “traditional Irish costume,” you mean “the way turn-of-the-century Americans represented the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day Cards.”

MOLLY MAGUIRES
Miners weren’t generally considered to be fashion plates, but when you make a movie about them, Hollywood is going to make them look good.


WOMEN’S FASHION

POLICEWOMEN BOLD
The first female homicide detective was also smartly dressed.

ANNIE MOORE
The first immigrant through Ellis Island was a 17-year-old Irish girl; if her statue is to be believed, she had a flair for dress.

IRISH DANCE COSTUMES
Since Riverdance, Irish dance uniforms have taken a turn for the glam.

LUCILLE BALL ON ST. PATRICK’S
A very young Lucille Ball models in a strangely Teutonic outfit meant to look Irish, and it looks fabulous.