Innovation is rife, as evidenced by the outfit stories that unfolded on the RDS stage over four-and-a-half hours.
Dee Maddock, from Co Kildare, won second prize in the Anantara Best Dressed competition with a rented off-the-shoulder lilac dress, a borrowed bag and a hat made by her sister using badminton shuttlecocks.
Saoirse Walsh, from Wexford, works at the National Portrait Gallery in London and, inspired by Audrey Hepburn, she cut off the bottom of her wedding dress from last October and created a chic vintage-inspired monochrome look with black saucer hat.
Áine Malone, from Co Offaly, was quite the fashion detective, and when she found a Shauna Fay bodycon dress on shopping app Depop, she tracked down the designer and got leftover fabric to make a Jackie O-style pillbox hat.
Laura Erskine, from Carrickmines, Dublin, wore a pink chiffon floral dress her mother Kay made in 1962, and there were photos winging over from the RDS to Kay’s nursing home, from where she sent the advice to her daughter to run a pencil down the zip to get it to work.
Nicole Mallon, from Lawrencetown, swapped her firefighter’s boots for sassy blue suede shoes for her chic outfit, while Kateryna Dubenko travelled from Kyiv and wore Ukrainian designers and a traditional floral headpiece.
I adored Maura O’Neill’s embroidered lace skirt outfit the moment I spotted her in the crowd. It was lace she bought with her mother Maura at a lace fair and she had it made into a skirt. She accessorised with a Bonzi headpiece, Joseph top and satin bow sandals from Seagreen.
Naomi Fitzgibbon showed how vintage fashion can look incredibly stylish half-a-century after it first went on sale. She turned heads on the bandstand yesterday, wearing a 1970s yellow dress she found in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal, and a hat from High Society Millinery.
Helen Moynihan, from Co Cork, channelled The Banshees of Inisherin with an Aran jumper and hat knitted by her mother, Anne, a skirt from her daughter and a bag made from a sleeve of a jumper.