Such an EXCEPTIONALLY beautiful dress...
INCREDIBLY ELEGANT, UNUSUAL & ADORABLE
BEAUTIFUL ~ VERY FLATTERING ~ & JUST FABULOUS...
TRUE VINTAGE ~ RARE TO FIND
WHITE, PINKS & REDS FLORAL PRINT DRESS
In Cotton, Linen & Viscose
And Lovely Lace Collar
With Lovely Detailing & Exceptional Quality and Tailoring
" I don't like ephemeral things, I like things that last forever....."
Vintage Laura Ashley.....so quintessentially English...
Edwardian Beauty ~ 40s Tea Dance ~ 50s Swing ~ 30s Elegance ~ Bohemian Delight ~ Festival Floral
~ Elegant ~ Romantic ~ Weddings ~ Bridesmaid ~ 30s ~ 40s War Bride ~ Lady of the Manor ~ Edwardian ~ Victorian ~ Country House ~ Boating on the River ~ Summer Days ~ Languid Evenings ~ Croquet on the Lawn ~ English Tea ~ Cottage Garden ~ Champagne Picnics in the Park ~ 50s Starlet ~ 20s Flapper ~ Divine...
♥ DESCRIPTION: A stunning, rare to find, vintage, white, pinks & reds, cotton & linen dress by Laura Ashley, with gorgeous styling and the most lovely floral print and beautiful lace collar ~ featuring a deep v-neckline framed by an intricate, very beautiful cream lace collar ~ a beautifully wrap over style bodice with pretty buttons at the waist to the side...very elegant and very flattering, and creating a gorgeous subtle hour glass shape ~ and flowing into the long floaty, loosely pleated skirt which falls into soft folds from a more pleated waistline ~ & with beautiful long sleeves which end in buttoned cuffs with the button covered in the same fabric as the dress...very pretty indeed!!! The back mirrors the front...from the back, the lace collar looks lovely as it drapes across the neckline...and with a zip at back...a beautifully tailored, flattering dress which is perfect for so many occasions. Depending on your height, this dress is mid-length to long ~ please ask for any measurements you might need.
This dress is ABSOLUTELY lovely ~ beautifully tailored to create a very lovely summer dress, with more than a nod to the Victorians and Edwardians, and also the 20s and 30s, and the 40s and 50s, just think tea dance and war brides... And the lace collar and the very pretty print, all just add that extra touch of GORGEOUSNESS!!! It's DIVINE!! This one is a real beauty...Would look fabulous if you're a guest at a Summer wedding (just add a wide straw hat and lipstick!!!) ~ or as a maid of honour / bridesmaid for both a vintage or contemporary themed wedding...or for a garden party, or for boating...or more casually, for the festivals with a boho vibe and wellies!!! Such a versatile and adorably pretty dress...
Excellent vintage condition.
54% Viscose 32% Cotton 14% Linen ~ creating a soft flowy beautiful fabric which hangs beautifully ~ very PRETTY floral print ~ with lovely cream lace collar xxx
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♥ HISTORY: Laura Ashley ~ Classic, Beautiful, Timeless...
"I reckon that women looked their best at the turn of the century..." ~ Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley is one of the world's most recognisable British brands and has over 40 years experience in making beautiful clothing with retro styling and timeless chic, capturing the essence of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and the 20s, 30s and 40s, which makes all of its designs quintessentially English and timeless.
Laura's love of all things Victorian led to the longer length silhouette which would become the company's trademark and was right on trend at the end of the 1960s when fashion turned from the mini to the maxi ~ a trend that has since returned with force, emphasising Laura Ashley's timeless quality. In 1961 Laura Ashley and her husband Bernard moved from their Kent home, the original design and production venue, to Carno in Wales to enable them to expand the business and be inspired by the rolling Welsh countryside.
Having expanded into clothing design and manufacture in the 1960s, in 1966 Laura produced her first dresses for social rather than work attire ~ these were the first ‘true’ Laura Ashley dresses which often evoked a rural, 19th century feel, characterised by romantic designs and the use of natural fabrics ~ in plums, browns, earth-hewn tones and other natural colours that lent themselves to a colour palette which reflected quality, subtlety and nostalgia ~ the latter mirroring a trend in dressing that came with the end of the 60s.
The longer length silhouette became the company’s trademark and worked in their favour, as fashion lengths switched from mini to maxi. The dresses were made from the textiles printed by the company, often in natural fabrics, and the designs were sometimes modern interpretations of antique prints (influences included English Medieval, William Morris, Chinese and Egyptian). The 20s and 30s were also brilliantly referenced with ‘flapper’ inspired sailor dresses, and fabulous florals which were reminiscent of the 1940s tea dresses, in the loveliest, most lightweight lawn cottons and linens ~ indeed, these dresses have become very sought after and are typical of Laura’s love of classic lines, beauty and nostalgia that evoke a very particular part of English heritage. With these modern versions of fashion from times gone by, she had hit upon a "brand new version of the past”.
A major influence on her dress designing was her 'Wren’s uniform': "The uniform was a very good quality navy gabardine and you could press it and wear it with a clean white cotton shirt and collar and tie...and with a nice, elegant little hat and black leather shoes." This styling became particularly evident in her beautifully tailored riding dresses, equestrian influenced clothes and 20s inspired outfits ~ a vintage style that continues to influence modern fashion sensibilities.
The ‘Laura Ashley look’ became synonymous with a graceful simplicity in women’s styles and the enduring popularity of long, period-inspired gowns, voluminous peasant dresses, drop-waisted sailor dresses, floral tea dresses, riding dresses and equestrian style coats with their effortlessly vintage appeal and evocations of the idyllic pastoral lifestyle and past eras.
Laura Ashley had studied 18th and 19th century prints in museum collections for her miniature floral patterns and her countryside aesthetic towards the end of the sixties saw the business boom (and bloom) with extraordinary and rapid success that proved to be built on an almost unshakeable foundation.
Having opened her first shop in Machynlleth in 1960, and her first London shop in 1968, the early vintage/heritage inspired designs of this arbiter of fashion and lifestyle became so in demand (in one week alone, the Fulham Road shop sold 4,000 dresses) that by the mid 70s, dresses from her factories in the heart of mid Wales were being sold across Europe and by the mid 1980s, there were over 200 stores across the world.
Currently, the desire to reference vintage style in fashion has returned and vintage fashion is now extremely sought after everywhere, boosting the popularity of Laura Ashley’s vintage pieces which are now being exhibited in vintage collections and coveted by collectors worldwide. Laura Ashley’s early designs are now used as inspiration by couture designers ~ and similar, nostalgically beautiful, prints are emerging all over the fashion industry. A look at the runways reveal the influence that Laura Ashley has had on modern fashion, as vintage inspired pieces and fabrics and patterns strut down the catwalk, from floral Victorian style dresses and equestrian pieces to floaty chiffon and summery, lightweight cottons and lovely linens, causing fashion editors to reminisce on the romantic aspect of fashion’s history and on Laura Ashley’s iconically important place within it.
Laura Ashley's significant place in British fashion history was further cemented in Summer 2013 with the first major retrospective of the designer held at Bath’s fashion museum and the Bowes museum in Co Durham ~ showcasing over 70 vintage dresses and capturing Laura Ashley’s characteristic look of the 60s and 70s which inspired a generation of women.
This vintage British brand evoked a sense of permanence with its links to the past and dependence on the natural that contrasted dramatically during its emergence with the more transient and overtly manufactured styles of other designers. Its association with excellent tailoring and quality is famous worldwide ~ and it has at its heart a classic, timeless endurance which became the Laura Ashley ethos and signature look and which has become extremely sought after today.
Modern fashionistas adore Laura Ashley pieces, especially her earliest clothing which represents her vision of timeless romance in the way Laura Ashley herself truly envisioned it. Many brides worldwide now carefully select a beautiful vintage Laura Ashley dress for their wedding, whether in white, cream or for a more bohemian look, a patterned or floral design ~ and bridesmaids and maids of honour increasingly look to vintage Laura Ashley pieces, especially her 20s/30s inspired sailor dresses, and her incredibly pretty floral prints, for these special occasions when they want to look nostalgically and timelessly beautiful.
Laura Ashley vintage pieces are now collected, worn, adored and desired! ~ And once you have seen and worn their clothing you'll know why! From printing headscarves in 1953 to the immutable style icon that she has become, perhaps Laura Ashley’s success can be summed up by her attitude to fashion:
“I don’t like ephemeral things; I like things that last forever...”
♥ SIZE: PLEASE ASK FOR ANY MEASUREMENTS YOU MIGHT NEED TO BE SURE OF FIT ~ AND PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS DRESS MIGHT FIT SIZES SLIGHTLY SMALLER AND SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN THOSE STATED IN LABEL ~ AND ALSO BE AWARE THAT VINTAGE SIZES OFTEN COME UP DIFFERENTLY THAN MODERN DAY SIZING ~xxx
Please ask for any measurements you might need.
UK 14 - in label
EURO 42 - in label
US 12 - in label
Any QUESTIONS please ask!
LASTLY, IN TWO WORDS........JUST GORGEOUS! xxx
THEATRE of FASHION
20th Century Vintage & Contemporary