The Moderne, 13-14 French Church Street, Cork

About Us



Situated in the heart of Cork City, we have been helping generations of women find their perfect wedding dress for over 100 years. The Moderne has been owned & operated by the O’Dowling family since 1913 and in 2014 the Bridal Department moved from the iconic Patrick Street location into our dedicated new premises on nearby French Church Street.

Patrick Street 

Our new store sits just off Cork’s main shopping thoroughfare, partially housed in a 19th century Methodist church. Set over three luxurious floors, The Moderne Bridal provides an elegant and comfortable space for brides to find their perfect dress.

We're an easy walk from the train station and close to the Paul Street multi storey car park. We're also surrounded by gorgeous award-winning restaurants, if you and your bridal party are planning on making a day of it!


We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm  and Sunday's 2pm - 5pm

We carry a range of more than 500 gowns from a variety of designers to suit every bride's style. Our stock includes a great range of bridal dresses for curvy brides up to size 36, designed with your shape and comfort in mind.

To find out more about bridal fittings please see our FAQ section. To read Facebook reviews from our brides, please click here.

Our bridal and bridesmaid dresses come from internationally renowned designers including: (click on a logo to see all styles from that brand)




We stock a great selection of very comfortable designer shoes in a range of styles and heel heights from Paradox London and Rainbow Club. Many of these styles can be dyed to order, making them ideal for re-use after the big day and great for bridesmaids and formal wear.

We also stock a large range of tiaras, headpieces & veils and a wide selection of jewellery and other accessories from bridal designers including Arianna's Tiaras, Richard Designs, Linzi Jay and Twilight Designs.

Seasonally, we stock a great range of communion dresses and accessories, as well as a carefully chosen selection of debs dresses, shoes and clutch bags.


While we invite customers to call in and browse shoes, accessories, debs and communionwear at any time, for wedding gown fittings we ask that brides-to-be make an appointment with one of our experienced stylists.  

Appointments for bridesmaids fittings are not generally needed. However, if you are dresssing three or more bridesmaids, or plan on coming in on a Saturday, we recommend making one so we can ensure you get the attention you need. 

With the benefit of a private fitting area and expert advice from your dedicated consultant, we aim to help each bride find their ideal dress with ease and enjoyment. There is NO CHARGE for an appointment with one of our bridal consultants. You can find out more about appointments and fittings by clicking here.

Please keep in mind that the colours shown online can vary depending on the device you use to view the site (ie PC, tablet, phone). We recommend visiting us in store to make sure the colour is exactly the shade you are looking for.