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TRUE VINTAGE ~ a gorgeous maxi dress / summer ballgown in fabulous, quality cotton in wonderful

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30 Apr, 2014 19:34:47 BST
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: TRUE VINTAGE ~ a gorgeous maxi dress / summer ballgown in fabulous, quality cotton in wonderful bright white ~ EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION by the iconic and quintessentially British designer LAURA ASHLEY ~ BEAUTIFUL, SIMPLY ELEGANT, ELEGANTLY CLASSIC & SO ADORABLE with a very period & summer wedding feel ~ JUST DIVINE!!!
Decade: Edwardian/Victorian/Summer Ball/Boating/Gatsby Brand: Laura Ashley
Look: Wedding/Boho/Period Drama/Literary Heroine/Banquet UK SIZING: Vintage UK 12 in label ~ please see measurements
Size: S (8-10) US SIZING: Vintage US 10 in label ~ please see measurements
Main Colour: White EURO SIZING: Vintage Euro 38 in label ~ please see measurements
Vintage Type: True Vintage This beautiful dress will fit:: UK 6-10/EURO 34-38/US 2-8 pls see measurements
Material: 100% Cotton

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Simple Elegance ~ or Bohemian Beauty ~ in lovely white 100% smooth soft cotton...

Wedding ~ Victorian ~ Boating  ~ Bohemian ~ Ballgown ~ Summer Picnics ~ Period Drama ~ Edwardian ~ Country House ~ May Queen ~ Tess of the D'Ubervilles ~ Gypsy Wedding ~ Handmaiden ~ Bridal ~ English Cottage Garden ~ Croquet on the Lawn ~ Messing about in Boats...


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

Victorian ~ Vamp ~ Wedding ~ Handmaiden ~ Bride ~ Bridesmaid ~ Maid of Honour ~ Edwardian ~ Literary Heroine ~ Tess of the d’Urbervilles ~ Cathy and Heathcliff ~ May Queen ~ Banquet ~ Summer Ballgown ~ Gypsy Wedding ~ Period Drama ~ English Heritage ~ Tudor ~ English Cottage Garden ~ High Tea ~ Croquet on the Lawn ~  Messing about in Boats ~ Country House ~ Picnic ~ Bohemian Beauty ~ Prairie ~ 40s ~ 50s ~ War Bride ~ Dreamy ~ Romantic ~ Simplicity ~ Elegance ~ Just Beautiful...

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Traditional yet Contemporary Feel ~ Timeless Beauty

For lovers of Laura Ashley and her wonderful vintage heritage styles, this is such a lovely example of a beautifully simple, yet elegant, maxi dress which would look just perfect as a wedding or bridesmaid’s dress for an Edwardian or Victorian themed wedding and equally beautiful for a Bohemian Gypsy wedding... ~ Sensational at a summer picnic with a big straw hat, or for a lazy day on the river messing about in boats ~ or for releasing your inner literary heroine in this classic creation with its nod to period drama and dreamy elegance.

With simple yet very lovely styling, it features a lovely, wide v-neckline front and back, delightful short sleeves and a gorgeous fitted bodice with seaming over the bust to create a fabulous and flattering shape. It also comes with a separate, white cotton sash to wear around the waist ~ if you so wish ~ or to style in whichever way you choose!

The long skirt falls from ruching under the waist seam into a full skirt of soft folds of white cotton ~ such a satisfyingly heavy, yet soft fabric ~ to swish around you so gorgeously and gracefully...Two simple bands of white cotton circle the bottom of the skirt to add an interesting detail at the hem ~ a perfect example of Laura Ashley’s eye for enduring design that defines these now sought after items. The same lovely styling and tailoring extends to the back, with subtle seaming to the bodice and a centre zip that starts below an even deeper v-back.  

The dress hangs beautifully with elegant, fluid lines, and is of the highest quality and finish associated with Laura Ashley's vintage pieces. Finished in 100% heavy cotton which feels soft to the touch, in the brightest white that’s so versatile, classic and effortlessly flattering.This dress has a timeless vintage style and look, and in its simplicity, is very beautiful and elegant.

When it comes to Laura Ashley, and her love of fashion inspired by tradition yet always contemporary, there is no-one to match her talent. Just imagine wearing a piece of vintage fashion history from this iconic designer ~ there are now even exhibitions of her vintage clothing! A really pretty dress that’s perfect for any occasion, it would also be a gorgeous addition to a summer wedding ~ whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid, or just want to look stunning in an exquisite, true vintage summer gown. This is a dress that’s beautifully simple ~ and simply beautiful.


Superb vintage condition.

100% cotton ~ a gorgeous, soft, heavyweight cotton fabric which  looks and feels wonderful. In dreamy, summery, always on-trend white with a matching sash. Effortlessly wearable, fabulously flattering and just beautiful!

With the famous vintage LAURA ASHLEY white/green label featuring the iconic flower sprig inside an oval outline that reads: 'Laura Ashley. Made in Great Britain'.

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Size: Size label in garment is UK 12 / EURO 38 / US 10 ~ Vintage clothing is often styled (and sized) smaller than modern clothing, so we estimate this dress will fit other smaller sizes ~ please see measurements below.

UK 12 in label ~ will fit UK 6-10 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.

EURO 38 in label ~ will fit EURO 34-38 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.

US 10 in label ~ will fit 2 - 8 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements. 

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Measurements: All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat so please double up for all the way around where appropriate.

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 ¼ inch or so either way. 

Please measure against a similar garment of your own which you know fits you well.

Bust ~ armpit to armpit across front ~ approx: 16 inches.

Waist ~ approx: 13 inches

Hips ~ freesize

Length ~ taken from shoulder seam where it meets neckline, and down back of garment to hem  ~ approx: 49 inches.

Sleeve Length ~ taken from shoulder seam and along TOP of sleeve to cuff ~ approx: 13 inches

Sash Length ~ approx: 74 inches (in total)

Sash Width ~ approx: 3¼ inches

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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 are one of the world's most recognisable British brands and have over 40 years experience in making beautiful, seasonal clothing with retro styling and timeless chic, capturing the essence of the Victorian and Edwardian eras which make all of their designs quintessentially English and timeless...just think of literary heroines and then add a contemporary bohemian twist...

Laura Ashley clothing is famous for its romantic English design and high quality tailoring which has been adored by women since the 1960s. Laura Ashley successfully combined 19th century inspiration and rural fabrics to create clothing which fitted into the modern woman’s wardrobe. Her pieces have become iconic representations of an earlier time and have an enduring beauty which still fascinates today ~ and her vintage pieces have become collector’s items, to wear and treasure. In the beginning, her prints conjured up a nostalgic and rural idyll which encompassed the increasing desire, at that time, to hearken back to the past. The modern interpretations of vintage prints, which Laura Ashley discovered and reworked for her dresses, soon became a signature look which have become extremely sought after today.

Laura's love of all things nostalgic led to the longer length silhouette and 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. 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.

The Laura Ashley brand was always more than just a clothing line, and still to this day evokes a nostalgic yearning for a gentler time. This feeling, today, as it was before, is reflected first and foremost in their lovely signature prints based on Victorian, and even earlier, designs ~ and Laura Ashley, as a fashion and lifestyle brand, has become synonymous with a romantic timelessness of bygone times.

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, causing fashion editors to reminisce on the romantic aspect of fashion’s history and on Laura Ashley’s iconically important place within it.

 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 bridesmaid's and maids of honour increasingly look to vintage Laura Ashley pieces, especially her beautiful vintage dresses in pure whites and creams, and her fabulous 'sailor' 20s/30s 'Gatsby' inspired dresses, for these special occasions when they want to look nostalgically beautiful.

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.

Laura Ashley vintage pieces are now so sought after and desired ~ and becoming rarer and rarer to find!

Once you have seen and worn one of their gorgeous vintage pieces, you'll know why they are so adored!!!

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20th Century Vintage & Contemporary


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