“Over the course of writing my blog and giving tours I have found that there are many so people who have a true interest in their heritage, our unique history and of course style.”
Whether you are new to a city, or are a local, one of the best ways to discover hidden gems is with a tour. This week we were delighted to have the chats with GirlCrew Dublin member, Ruth Griffin, who runs the Lost Fashion History of Dublin Tours.
The tours are described as “…a unique way of exploring and celebrating Dublin’s rich heritage and stylish past and are an invitation to take a saunter through the centuries to discover the city’s hidden style secrets, across 5 very different quarters.”
As a long-time fashion blogger, she’s been blogging for various fashion retailers since 2008, Ruth started her career with a BA in Fashion Design from NCAD, from there she made the short jump to London to complete a MAster’s in History and Culture of Fashion at the London College of Fashion. While there she wrote a thesis called ‘The Lost Fashion History of South William Street’, “As the garment district of Dublin I used the street it as a way of exploring fashion history in Dublin.” and decided her mission – to discover Dublin’s lost fashion history.
Upon returning to the Emerald Isle, Ruth decided not to let her work just languish, and dove head first into the arts/fashion scene in Dublin. “When I returned to Dublin I didn’t want to see my thesis ‘dust on a shelf’ so I submitted it to the ABSOLUTE Fringe festival (now Tiger Dublin Fringe) From there I was asked to take part in lots of different talks and festivals. Last year I decided to do my tours on my own and to present the fashion history of Dublin to Dubliners in a unique, fun off-beat series of walking tours which I host in different quarters of Dublin from O’Connell Street and Grafton Street to Merrion Square and The Liberties.” If you’re looking to find out more about the culture, heritage, and most importantly the fashion of Dublin make sure you check out Ruth’s tours, and find out more about the exciting developments, changing trends, and fashionable individuals who lived in the city throughout history.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
I love being able to share my passion for fashion, history and travel with lots of different people from different generations. Over the course of writing my blog and giving tours I have found that there are many so people who have a true interest in their heritage, our unique history and of course style.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
The most challenging part of what I do is the double act, I have a full-time job and I have my blog. The blog and the tours activate every part of me and challenge me in so many ways but also the skills and the knowledge learned transfers to my full-time job.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
Being put on the cover of The Sunday Times weekend supplement this June was definitely the highlight so far. It was amazing to be featured in glorious technicolour!
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
The fashion business is a fickle and fast paced industry. My advice would be to be resourceful, make sure you take care of your self-care and go for your dreams with all your heart, like the saying goes “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
I have lots of mottos which change on a weekly basis. The ones of the moment are Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid (William Benjamin Basil King) and When words are both true and kind they can change the world (Buddha).
6. What’s your favourite thing about being in GirlCrew?
I really love the whole concept of GirlCrew because it is a truly positive way of looking at the world and connecting people, I think we have grown removed from our communities in towns and cities around Ireland because of technology, yet the irony is technology is also what is joining us back together and breathing new life into communities and bringing people of like-minds together—something which would never have happened even 5 years ago. GirlCrew is a wonderful, powerful way of getting out there and remembering we all connected and are truly not alone.
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