Holy Moly Communion

I’ve seen them,  I’ve heard them…discussing ‘the dress’ like it’s a wedding gown!!  Poor boys don’t get a look in – it wouldn’t be a tragedy at all if  another boy in the class wore the same suit – but another girl wearing the same dress??!!!!!  It’s unforgivable!!!

Next month is May..the month of sunshine (hopefully),  longer days and it’s the month of our Lady ..which to any parent of a child in second class just spells Holy Communion madness…

Anyway for those of you who have just been too busy to spend hours trawling the shops and boutiques..don’t panic!!!!  There is still a huge amount of choice out there!…let’s be honest,  your little boy is going to be the most handsome there,  your little girl is hands down the prettiest, so whatever you put on them will look adorable..but what can you expect to find..

THE IRISH SUN PAGE

HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 SEE CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE
HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE
HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 SEE CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE
HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE

SHEENA  L:  situated in Swords in Co Dublin,  Sheena designs bespoke wedding gowns and communion dresses..this is a special experience with an award winning designer..

HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 SEE CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE
HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE

MARKS  AND  SPENCER:  They don’t actually stock their communion wear range in stores but go online to see an extensive range…your nearest M&S though will have great options in their  flower girl department..as for the boys…again online is brilliant but also instore you’ll find plenty of occasion wear..

HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 SEE CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE
HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE

PENNEYS;…may not be the first place you’d think of but some children REALLY don’t want to be the princess in a flouncy dress or a little Lord Fauntleroy in a stuffy suit..or maybe you want to change them for the get together afterwards and want them to look special for their big day…then You’d be mad to pass PENNEYS

HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 SEE CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE
HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE

MAYNOOTH  COMMUNION  DRESSES; Owned by a lady called Antoinette, is the place to go for the pampering experience.   With a showroom devoted to communion dresses – if you weren’t to find your Little Treasure her dream dress…then…good luck…

HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 SEE CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE
HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE
HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 SEE CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE
HOLY COMMUNION APRIL 2016 CORINA GRANT FEATURE CARALEIGH DOYLE AND GARY MACKLE

Now in true Corina style – my obsession with times long ago continues with the varying styles of communion dresses…I’m not about to expose killer communion dress victims – this is not THAT forum..but yes we’ve all seen the images of 7 and 8 year olds looking trashy and prematurely prostitutley (it should be a word!)…but let’s take it down a notch or two and back a century or two and see how the trends have changed…

In the late 1800s…girls were fully covered and like today were dressed as little women…fabrics would have been delicate and beautiful…

late 1800s

Jump ahead to 1900..and while skirt lengths were shorter the fashion of dressing in black stockings and shoes continued…

Ella von Koenitz first communion portrait. Photograph by Charles F. Meier,  ca. 1900 Missouri History Museum Photograph and Print Collection. St. Stephen's Mission Collection  n20133
Ella von Koenitz first communion portrait. Photograph by Charles F. Meier, ca. 1900 Missouri History Museum Photograph and Print Collection. St. Stephen’s Mission Collection n20133

Ten years later and the black is gone replaced by white knee-high and white shoes.. (smiles obviously not allowed!!!)

1910

1920 sees the fashion of dressing the girl as a miniature woman continuing as does the use of lace..

1920

1930s..more childlike designs make an appearance..

1930

As the 1900s continued,  girls started to look more their age and photographic records of the occasion became more relaxed..

1940 1950

Jumping ahead to the 1970s (an era, in my books, that should only be remembered for its music)..we hit my time in the Holy spotlight…

My Mum made my Communion dress – I absolutely ADORED it!!!!  It was previously my sister’s who wore it 3 years before me..and we’re talking CLASS… Bell bottom sleeves n’all!  But you know what?..we wore what we were given and we were only too happy to.  I thought I was the bees knees and the butterfly’s ankles and you know what?..I was – dammit I was…and so was every other girl there..and boy (can’t forget the boys!!!).  Both myself and my sister wore the same tiara my Mum wore on her wedding day..that’s how it was – the communion dress had sentiment..it MEANT something…

Without sounding like a complete bah humbugger.. I’m shocked at how times have changed…we are going through a constant phase of ‘bigger is better’..the big bouncy castle,  the big hotel,  the big cake,  the big money pot!!!…is it coming back to how it should be (well as how I see it should be –I know I speak only for myself)..I think so – will it be in time for when my own little one makes her Holy Communion ?..I HOPE so – but if not..we’ll be using the familiar mantra again “Every family has its own ideas”….

corina communion

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