~ BOHEMIAN BELLE ~ VICTORIAN VAMP ~
THE MOST EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL WEDDING DRESS or BALLGOWN...
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL...THE MOST ALLURING...THE MOST PERFECT...
WEDDING DRESS / BALLGOWN
With absolutely gorgeous and such pretty detailing and separate petticoat / crinoline
A BEAUTIFUL, RARE, TRUE VINTAGE PIECE
Victorian Vamp ~ or Bohemian Beauty
Long & lovely, romantic & ruffled in classic, summery, dreamy white
In lovely 100% smooth soft cotton
Wedding ~ Victorian ~ Vamp ~ Bohemian Belle ~ Ballgown ~ Literary Heroine ~ Period Drama ~ May Queen ~ Gypsy Wedding ~ Handmaiden ~ Romantic ~ Ravishing ~ Alluring ~
" I don't like ephemeral things, I like things that last forever....." ~ Laura Ashley
Wedding ~ Beautiful Bride ~ Victorian Vamp ~ Bohemian Belle ~ Handmaiden ~ Edwardian ~ Regency ~ Georgian ~ Summer
Ballgown ~ Literary Heroine ~ May Queen ~ Summer Banquet ~ Country House ~ Mexicana ~ Gypsy ~ Period Drama ~ Tudor ~ Mistress ~ Courtesan ~ Dreamy ~ Romantic ~ Exquisite Elegance ~ Alluring ~ Seductive ~ Beautiful...
~ BOHEMIAN BELLE ~ GYPSY WOMAN ~ VICTORIAN VAMP ~
Seductive Mistress ~ Handmaiden...evoking period drama, romantic literary
heroines, medieval maidens, endless summer days and sultry nights and of
course, the free spirit and dreamy elegance of a beautiful bohemian bride...
For lovers of Laura Ashley and her wonderful vintage heritage
styles, this is a THE MOST exquisitely fabulous example of a wedding dress/ballgown ~ truly a dress that dreams are made of! ...and it comes with it's own original crinoline petticoat, the original padded hanger and the original box...
A very rare indeed, early 1980s gown in the softest white cotton, this
really is the perfect wedding (or bridesmaid’s) dress or ballgown, with its iconic Laura Ashley
styling that effortlessly captures the current vintage trend while also evoking
period drama, romantic literary heroines, medieval
maidens, endless summer days and sultry nights and of course, the free spirit
and dreamy elegance of a beautiful bohemian bride.
The styling and detail of this dress is just amazing – so ravishingly
romantic and fabulously beautiful...
It features the prettiest ¾ length sleeves, elasticated at
the cuff with a double row of ruffles and finished with bow ties to give a
wonderfully theatrical flourish. The sleeves can be worn off the shoulder for a
very sexy, gypsy look ~ or on the shoulder to give the prettiest sweetheart
neckline shape. The neckline is elasticated for a great fit and is edged in a
smaller row of romantic ruffles, while the centre is enhanced by another pretty
tie which can be worn as a bow, or left loose. And what a heavenly bodice!
Gently boned at the sides and over the bust to be flattering and fitted, it
accentuates the waist and extends to a v-shape seam above the most stunning skirt.
Falling from perfect pleats under the bodice and flaring into
faultless folds of soft, pure white cotton, the hugely flared skirt drapes at the feet in a swathe
of bows and ruffles to give a shape and a look that’s pure magic. The sweep of the hem is enormous, literally swathes of beautiful white soft fabric...Just imagine
such a beautiful skirt swishing and swirling at your feet...divine...
The same superlative styling and tailoring extends to the
back, with more boning to the bodice, a straight waist seam and a discreet centre
The dress also comes with the original Laura Ashley gorgeous white cotton waist petticoat enhanced
with more of those romantic ruffles at the hem, and the original metal crinoline hoop (which easily threads through the hem of the petticoat) for an optional but glorious
period drama look to make this dream of a dress even more of a showstopper! You can wear the dress with the petticoat or without ~ and the petticoat with out without the metal crinoline hoop...
So many ways to wear this dress ~ sleeves on or off the
shoulder, with or without the petticoat/crinoline ~ however you wear it, you’ll
be a vision in white in a very rare, exquisite piece that echoes a traditional
yet contemporary feel and is a perfect example of Laura Ashley’s eye for enduring design that defines these now sought after items. This dress is a timeless beauty...
excellent quality and finish associated with this iconic designer. Finished in
100% cotton which feels soft to the touch, in
the brightest white that’s so versatile, classic and effortlessly flattering,
this is one dress you can’t help but fall in love with. The attention to detail
and quality of tailoring gives this garment its timeless vintage style and a
look that’s sexy and beyond beautiful.
A definitive dress ~ perfect for a wedding or
ballgown or for a very special summer event, indoors and especially outdoors on the lawns or in marquees, wherever and whenever you want to look stunning and special ~ this true vintage
creation really is a dream come true.
Superb vintage condition.
100% cotton ~ a gorgeous
fabric that feels soft and cool to the touch and looks wonderful. In dreamy,
summery, always on-trend white, the dress comes with a matching waist petticoat
and a metal crinoline hoop, a padded silky coat hanger and the original Laura
Ashley box (although please note that there are some marks to the box which is slightly dented ~ however very rare to have the original packaging for such a beautiful item).
With the famous LAURA ASHLEY white/green label featuring
the iconic flower sprig inside an oval outline that reads: 'Laura Ashley. Made
in Great Britain' (in dress and petticoat).
Please see sizing and measurements below.
This dress could easily be altered to fit by a seamstress if required.
Size label in dress is UK 12 / EURO 38 / US 8 ~ however these are vintage sizes so please see below for our estimated sizing and please further down for measurements.
Vintage clothing is often styled (and sized) smaller than modern clothing, so we estimate this dress will fit:
UK 6 to small 12 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.
EURO 34 to small 40 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.
US 2/4 to 8/10 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.
Dress Measurements: All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat so please double up for all the way around where appropriate.
measurements are taken with the garment pulled 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.
Please note that this dress could easily be altered to fit by a seamstress if needed.
Bust ~ armpit to armpit across front ~ approx: 17 inches.
Waist ~ approx: 13 1/4 inches
Hips ~ Freesize (the skirt is exceptionally flared and hangs in loose soft folds).
~ taken from shoulder seam where it meets neckline, and down front of
garment to hem ~ approx: 53½ inches
Sleeve Length ~ taken from shoulder seam and along TOP of sleeve to cuff ~ approx: 16 inches. Please note, the sleeves are ¾ length
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 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!!!
THEATRE of FASHION
20th Century Vintage & Contemporary