Guest Blog: Bloomsday Survival Kit – At It Again!

Each month a member of At it Again! who created the Bloomsday Survival Kit will provide an insight into the motivation and method behind their work. This month Maite Lopez reflects on ….. the Top 5 places to get your Bloomsday gear


At it Again! is still dreaming of Blowing up Bloomsday – seeing the city transformed into a mad Ulyssean version of 1904 Dublin. Join us to make it happen!

Take your pick of the characters from Ulysses and bring colour and atmosphere to the streets!

There are sailors, eccentrics, whores, animals, zombies and many more weird and wonderful creatures. Imagine them taking over the city for Bloomsday. Be chased by a cyclops along Capel Street, be lured into a pub by the lovely Sirens at the Quays, spot Leopold Bloom crossing the Liffey. Immerse yourself and bring the book to life.

In the Edwardian era, pleasure-seeking royalty and leading actresses inspired fashion to become sporty, fun and stylish. Dublin abounds with plenty of places where you will find all you need to recreate the look. Here is our Top 5:

No 1 While away a Sunday at Pure Vintage Fair

For all ladies and gents, make your way to the Pure Vintage Fair on the first Sunday of every month. Various sellers ply their wares from trinkets, to clothes to furniture and curiosities in the Food Co-op on Newmarket Square.

No 2 For the Ladies

Ladies, pop into The Cat’s Meow on Francis Street. The lovely staff will help you put an Edwardian outfit together that won’t break the bank. And while you are there, let the Locks and Lashes team give you a proper pompadour hair style for the day.

The Cat's Meow Bloomsday Outfit 2014


No 3 For the Gents

Gents, don’t forget your hat for Bloomsday. Visit Sinead from Crafty Fox in the Ferocious Mingle Marcade on Camden Street who will find you an appropriate hat and other bits and bobs for the Edwardian Gentleman. Book in with the Waldorf Barbers in Westmoreland Street for an Edwardian makeover.

Crafty Fox @ Ferocious Mingle Marcade Bloomsday Gents Hats and Tails

No 4 Exploring Temple Bar

For more Vintage finds, dive into the streets of Temple Bar where you’ll discover a treasure trove of boutique vintage shops. One of our favourites is the institution that is Lucy’s Lounge which will have Molly’s Outfitters caravan stationed outside the shop on Bloomsday. While you are there, give your costume a steampunk finish with an accessory from May Fly.


No 5 Putting on the Glitz at Jenny Vander

If you want to invest a bit more money in an authentic Edwardian outfit, pay a visit to Jenny Vander in Drury Street. Try not to drool on the dresses!
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