~ 1950s BEAUTY ~
Wedding ~ Prom ~ Champagne Picnic ~ Debutante
INCREDIBLY ELEGANT & SO ADORABLE
SEXY & FLATTERING & JUST FABULOUS...
ORIGINAL VINTAGE ~ RARE TO FIND
in exceptional condition
with Pinks, Blues, White, Lilacs, Greens & a hint of Yellow
ELEGANT FLORAL PRINT
VERY FULL SKIRTED with HUGE SWEEP
STRAPLESS ~ MAXI
SPECIAL DAY or EVENING ~ DRESS ~ SUMMER BALLGOWN
With Beautiful Detailing & Exceptional Quality and Tailoring
Can be worn with or without added petticoats
Vintage ~ 50s ~ Debutante ~ Ball ~ Wedding ~ Starlet ~ 40s ~ Old Hollywood ~ Wedding Guest ~ Bride ~ Bridesmaid ~ Champagne ~ English Tea ~ Cottage Gardens ~ Theatre ~ Prom ~ Beauty...
♥ DESCRIPTION: An ABSOLUTELY stunning, rare to find vintage, floral, special day, or evening, strapless & full skirted dress / summer ballgown, by Laura Ashley ~ with beautiful large flowers in lovely shades of pinks, blues, white, lilacs, greens with a tiny bit of yellow, in high quality cotton, and with gorgeous, sexy and flattering styling ~ such a stunning vintage dress in exceptional condition.
~ The dress features a DIVINE strapless, lightly boned, structured bodice which shows off your back and shoulder elegantly whilst being very sexy ~ with a subtle and adorable slim bow across top of bust which blends in with the dress ~ quite a high waist seam, which is very flattering to most body shapes ~ & an exceptionally stunning, long-length, very full skirt, with tight gathering/pleating at the waistline, and falling into loose pleats and the HUGE 180 degree sweep creating a full circle when held out ~ DIVINE for dancing at a ball ~ or Wedding ~ (you could wear a 50s style petticoat underneath if you choose, to make that very 50s full skirted look, or without, either way it's beautiful.) ~ The back is just stunning also, with a floral band of cotton running around the top of bodice ~ with a concealed long zip running down the centre ~ & the beautiful very full long skirt...It's just GORGEOUS!!!
This dress is just ABSOLUTELY gorgeous ~ so beautifully tailored to create the most sexy & flattering style & fit, with the fitted bodice and the very full skirt, which splays and twirls right out when you walk, move or dance... & the lovely summer floral print just adds that extra touch of WOW!!! Would look stunning for a summer wedding with a lovely huge rimmed hat!!!
Excellent vintage condition ~ lovely fabric ~ 100% high quality Cotton ~ a real beauty! xxx
Please note that some photographs are taken with added petticoats to add volume to the skirts, these petticoats are not included in the sale ~ very easily purchased from a number of retailers online.
~ LAURA ASHLEY ~
" I don't like ephemeral things, I like things that last forever....."
Vintage Laura Ashley.....so quintessentially English...
Ashley are one of the world's most recognizable British brands and have
over 40 years experience in making colourful, seasonal clothing with
retro styling and timeless chic, capturing the essence of the Victorian
era and feminine florals that make all of their designs quintessentially
English and timeless.
love of all things Victorian led to the longer length silhouette and
feminine styles which would become the company's trademark and was right
on trend at the end of the 1960's when fashion turned from the mini to
the maxi - a trend that has since returned with force emphasizing Laura
Ashley's timeless quality.
1961 Laura Ashley and husband Bernard Ashley moved from their Kent
home, the original design and production venue, to Carno, Wales, to
enable them to expand the business and be inspired by the rolling Wales
vintage pieces are now so sought after and desired! - and once you have
seen and worn their clothing you'll know why they are so adored!
~ Dior's New Look ~
On 12 February 1947, Dior launched his first fashion
collection for Spring-Summer 1947. The new collection went down in fashion
history as the "New Look" after the editor-in-chief of Harper's
Bazaar Carmel Snow's exclamation, "It's such a New Look!"
The silhouette was characterised by a small, nipped-in waist
and full skirt which emphasised the bust and
hips. At a time of post-war fabric restrictions, Dior used up to twenty yards
of extravagant fabrics for his creations. The New Look became extremely
popular, its full-skirted silhouette influencing fashion and other designers
well into the 1950s, and Dior gained a number of prominent high-profile clients
from Hollywood, the United States and the European
aristocracy as a result. Paris,
which had fallen from its position as the capital of the fashion world after
WWII, regained its esteemed position due in part to the attention it gained
from Dior's New Look. The New Look was welcomed in western Europe as a
refreshing antidote to the austerity of wartime, and was embraced by stylish women
throughout the UK.
♥ SIZE: Please see measurements below as often vintage sizes can come up a little smaller than modern day sizing...xxx
UK 12 ~ in label
EURO 38 ~ in label
US 10 ~ in label
Some items do not carry a full range of international sizes in the label so i use an internet international size conversion site to translate UK sizes into EURO and US sizes ~ the site has proved very accurate, however if you are unsure please check sizes for yourself.
Could easily be altered to fit by a seamstress if needed.
Bust ~ armpit to armpit ~ across front ~ approx: 16"
Waist ~ approx: very nearly 14"
Length ~ taken from top of bodice / armpit ~ and down back of dress to bottom of hem ~ approx: 48"
All measurements taken with
garment laid flat so please double up for all the way around where
appropriate. Please use the measurements provided to measure against a
similar garment of your own which you know fits you well.
All measurements are taken
with the garment pulled a bit to flatten ~ and please be aware that
there is inevitably a slight discrepancy in the ways different people
measure ~ so all measurements are approximate and please give or take
about a 1/4 inch or so either way.
Any QUESTIONS please ask!
LASTLY, IN TWO WORDS........JUST BEAUTIFUL! xxx
THEATRE of FASHION
20th Century Vintage & Contemporary