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Excellent condition. PLEASE NOTE: this fabulous dress is labelled as a UK 10 however due to vintage

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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously worn. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: Excellent condition. PLEASE NOTE: this fabulous dress is labelled as a UK 10 however due to vintage sizing which comes up smaller than modern day sizes, this dress WILL DEFINITELY FIT SMALLER SIZES ~ in our opinion more suited generally to a UK 6 or 8 - small 10 ~ PLEASE SEE DETAILS & MEASUREMENTS below. An absolutely divine dress which you will ADORE and looks really beautiful wearing ~ expect loads of compliments!!!
Decade: 1950s / 1940s / New Look Brand: Laura Ashley
Look: 50s Debutante/Starlet/40s/Banquet/Rockabilly Exact Material: 100% Pure Cotton
Size: S (4-10) Exact Colour: Pink with White Polka Dot Print
Main Colour: Blue UK Size: UK 10 label ~ WILL FIT SMALLER see measurements
Vintage Type: True Vintage European Size: EURO 36 label ~ WILL FIT SMALLER see measurements
Material: Cotton US Size: US 8 label ~ WILL FIT SMALLER see measurements

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~ 1950s / 1940s POLKA DOT BEAUTY ~
Wedding ~ Bridesmaid ~ Prom ~ Rockabilly ~ Starlet ~ Debutante Ball ~ Beauty...

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in such excellent condition


with a delicate WHITE POLKA DOT PRINT
100% Pure Cotton



With Exceptional Quality and Tailoring



Can be worn with or without added petticoats

" I don't like ephemeral things, I like things that last forever....."

Vintage Laura quintessentially English...

Vintage ~ 50s inspired ~ Debutante Ball ~  Wedding ~ Starlet ~ 40s ~ Wedding ~ Bridesmaid ~ Dinner Dance ~ Rockabilly ~ Rock n Roll ~ Bridesmaid ~ Summertime ~ Champagne ~ English Tea ~ Cottage Gardens ~ Prom ~ Beauty...


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 DESCRIPTION: An ABSOLUTELY stunning, rare to find vintage, timeless, polka dot, strapless & full skirted dress by Laura Ashley. Gorgeous styling ~ in soft pure cotton with a dark pink background and delicate white polka dot print. 1950s glamour...

~ The dress features a strapless, lightly boned & structured corset bodice which perfectly shows off your shoulders and back ~ with its quite high waist seam, it is flattering to almost all body types ~  a lovely full skirt which falls in loose soft pleats from the more tightly pleated waistline, in a midi mid-length to maxi long length (depending on your height ~ please see measurements) ~ You can even add petticoats underneath to create an original 50s full skirted look, either way it will look beautiful. ~ The back is simple but just as stunning due to its exceptional tailoring with a concealed long zip running down the centre ~ ...It's just so sexy and striking!!!

This dress is such a rare find ~ tailored so exquisitely to create an utterly feminine fit ~ You will undoubtedly feel the 50s starlet in all her glamour! Its full skirt swishes and splays right out as you walk, move or dance... Dress it up with a gorgeous pair of high heels or dress it down in your favourite comfortable ballet flats!!! ~ Whatever the occasion, this dress will add striking elegance and more than a touch of sex appeal a la the 5os movie stars... Such a lovely piece!!! 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.

Excellent condition. PLEASE NOTE: this fabulous dress is labelled as a UK 10 however due to vintage sizing which comes up smaller than modern day sizes, this dress WILL DEFINITELY FIT SMALLER SIZES ~ in our opinion more suited generally to a UK 6 or 8 - small 10 ~ PLEASE SEE DETAILS & MEASUREMENTS below.

100% cotton.


Laura Ashley are one of the world's most recognizable and iconic 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. 

Laura's 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 and enduring appeal.

In 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 countryside. 

Their 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! 

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~ 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 vintage sizes come up a little smaller than modern day sizing.

PLEASE NOTE: This fabulous dress is labelled as a UK 10 however due to vintage sizing which comes up smaller than modern day sizes, this dress WILL DEFINITELY FIT SMALLER SIZES ~ in our opinion this dress is more suited generally to a UK 4/6/8 - small 10 ~ PLEASE SEE MEASUREMENTS below ~ and message us if you have any queries...we'll do all we can to help you.

UK 10 ~ in label ~ 
Please see measurements below as this dress will DEFINITELY FIT SMALLER SIZES.

EURO 36 ~ in label Please see measurements below as this dress will DEFINITELY FIT SMALLER SIZES.

US 8 ~ in label Please see measurements below as this dress will DEFINITELY FIT SMALLER SIZES.

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, US and AUS sizes ~ the site has proved very accurate, however if you are unsure please check sizes for yourself.



Please note that this dress could easily be altered to fit by a seamstress if needed.

PLEASE NOTE: that the bust measurement on this dress is slightly complex in that the measurement given below is taken straight across the strapless bandeau style top ~ this has to be quite close fitting so that the dress stays up. However this is not the true 'breasts' measurement ~ because the true bust measurement (actually where dress accommodates bust) is larger due to extra fabric and ruched shaped bodice over bust which will take a larger bust than first appears ~ but which is very difficult to measure. Please take this into consideration ~ dress will accommodate a larger bust if needed. If you have any queries, please just message and we'll try and help.

Bust ~ armpit to armpit ~ across front ~ approx: 15 - 16 inches. PLEASE SEE NOTE ABOVE.

Waist ~ approx: 13 inches.

Length ~ taken from under arm ~ down back of dress to bottom of hem ~ approx: 41 inches.

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!



20th Century Vintage & Contemporary


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