This listing has ended. The seller has relisted this item or one like this.
This is a private listing. Sign in to view your status or learn more about private listings.

 
Posts to:
Worldwide
Delivery:
 
Posts to:
Worldwide

Details about  VINTAGE LAURA ASHLEY SAILOR DRESS 40s 50s VAMP WEDDING 20s 30s EDWARDIAN BEAUTY

See original listing
VINTAGE LAURA ASHLEY SAILOR DRESS 40s 50s VAMP WEDDING 20s 30s EDWARDIAN BEAUTY
VINTAGE-LAURA-ASHLEY-SAILOR-DRESS-40s-50s-VAMP-WEDDING-20s-30s-EDWARDIAN-BEAUTY
Item Ended
Item condition:
Used

TRUE VINTAGE ~ Simply the most gorgeous vintage sailor dress in beautiful & classic dark blue &

... Read more
Ended:
29 Jun, 2014 16:29:07 BST
Price:
£220.00
Postage:
Free Standard Delivery | See details
Item location:
Ivybridge, United Kingdom

Description

eBay item number:
291158202316
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.
Last updated on  30 May, 2014 18:15:00 BST  View all revisions
llaH maS
lliH htroN 15
htuomylP
noveD
ZH8 4LP
modgniK detinU

:enohP4131012|7970
:liamEmoc.noihsaffoertaeht@ofni

Item specifics

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: TRUE VINTAGE ~ Simply the most gorgeous vintage sailor dress in beautiful & classic dark blue & white spotted cotton with such a flattering shape & beautiful design ~ EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION by the iconic and quintessentially British designer LAURA ASHLEY ~ EXTREMELY SOUGHT AFTER and becoming rarer and rarer to find, with a 20s and 30s flapper/Gatsby look and also with 40s War Bride and 50s Starlet styling ...and more than a nod to the Edwardian period drama ~ this dress is versatile and elegantly adorable ...Ideal for weddings, special occasions, boating and regattas, picnics or just for looking timelessly beautiful whatever the day or the occasion!!! BEAUTIFUL, TIMELESS, FABULOUS!!!
Decade:

1920s/1930s/1940s War Bride/1950s Starlet

Brand:

Laura Ashley

Look:

FlapperWedding/Boating/Regatta/Garden Party

UK SIZING:

UK 12 in label ~ please see measurements

Size:

12

US SIZING:

US 10 in label ~ please see measurements

Main Colour:

Blue

EURO SIZING:

EURO 38 in label ~ please see measurements

Vintage Type:

True Vintage

Exact Colour:

Dark Blue with White Polka Dots

Material:

100% Cotton

This beautiful dress may fit:

other sizes ~ please see measurements

theatre of fashion logo.jpg

                                            

•:*♥♥*:•

VINTAGE CLASSIC ELEGANCE

Such an EXCEPTIONALLY beautiful dress...

~ Romantic ~ Elegant ~ Adorable ~ Hour-Glass ~ Iconic ~ Timeless ~

Weddings ~ Croquet on the Lawn ~ English Summertime ~ Seaside & Ice Cream ~ 50s Starlet ~ 40s War Bride ~ Dance Halls ~ Cottage Garden ~ Afternoon Tea ~ Garden Parties ~ Messing about in Boats ~ Picnics  ~ 30s Tea Dance ~ Edwardian Beauty...


sailor 38s.jpg

playsuit 04.jpg

sailor 52s.jpg

THEATRE

~THE MOST ELEGANTLY SEXY & QUINTESSENTIAL 
TRUE VINTAGE SAILOR DRESS ~ TEA DRESS
by LAURA ASHLEY
In soft cotton with beautiful nautical styling, beautiful hour glass shaping 
& classic, polka dot print
in delicious very dark blue & white ~ simply stunning!


Evocative of 40s & 50s Styling ~ and also the 20s, 30s & Edwardian eras
Classic, Elegant, Sexy & Stunning!

~ Iconic, classic British tailoring by an internationally renowned and admired designer ~


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

•:*♥♥*:•


sailor 000122s.jpg

sailor 000117s.jpg

sailor 11s.jpg

sailor 000127s.jpg

Vintage ~ 40s War Bride ~ WWII ~ Soldier's Sweetheart ~ 30s Garden Party ~ 20s Flapper  ~ 50s Starlet ~ Dance Halls ~ Tea Dance  ~ Edwardian ~ Victorian Vamp ~ Suffragette ~ Wedding ~ Bridesmaid ~ Henley ~ Boating ~ Regatta ~ Croquet on the Lawn ~ Seaside & Ice Cream ~ English Tea ~ Cottage Gardens ~ Nautical ~ Picnics ~ Messing about in Boats ~ Country House ~ Sailing ~ Beach Walks ~ Languid Evenings ~ Summer Days ~ Day or Evening ~  Flattering ~ Elegant ~ Sexy ~ Stunning ~ Just Beautiful...


gatsby 25.jpg

sailor 000131s.jpg


BEAUTIFUL ~ TIMELESS ~ ELEGANT

VERY RARE TO FIND


Quintessentially English and Just Divine 

Pure Cotton True Vintage Sailor Dress ~ Tea Dress

Such a beauty ~ you will look so lovely...


For lovers of Laura Ashley and her vintage inspired styles ~ reminiscent of the 50s and 40s, the dance halls, summer picnics, boating lakes and the English seaside and ice cream, this is such a lovely example of her iconic sailor dress which alludes to the age of the starlet and the war bride with its tea dress nuances, tailored and subtly shaped hour-glass bodice, defined waist, shapely pleated skirt and fabulous polka dots. With nods also to the Edwardian and Victorian periods and the 20s and 30s  style, with its classic lines in superb quality cotton, this is a timeless yet modern shape that evokes so many periods and styles but will always be on trend. Nautical and very nice!!!

Very rare to find and in this elegant very dark blue with all-over white polka dots, it has beautifully distinctive detailing and styling. A classic, curved dark blue sailor collar edged in a double row of same colour piping frames a v-neckline while two dark blue cotton ties fall from under each side of the collar to be tied or left loose as you wish ~ a beautiful detail on an already gorgeous dress!!!

Short sleeves fall from tucks at the shoulder into turned-back edges, while the iconic and nostalgic 40s/50s styling is further reflected in the gently hour glass shaped, and subtly tailored, bodice which gathers into a neat, defined waistband. The skirt, which also features discreet side pockets, falls from more gentle gathers to give the most beautifully balanced shape and silhouette ~ perfect for dancing at a Summer wedding, barefoot along the shore, or a stroll along the pier!!! Depending on your height, this fabulous dress would be mid-length or longer, so please check measurements ~ whichever way you wear it, you’re sure to look beautiful.

The back mirrors the front in terms of superlative style and shaping, giving such a lovely look that echoes that traditional and timeless feel and the tea dress styling ~ an exceptional example of Laura Ashley’s eye for classic design that defined these now very sought after and rare to find sailor dresses. Large dark blue sailor collar at back ~ and the dress hangs beautifully with elegant lines of classic and flattering tailoring  in a soft cotton of beautiful very dark blue with lovely white polka dots. Centre back zip.

Such a divine vintage sailor dress/tea dress and so beautifully detailed to create a very evocative 50s/40s/ Edwardian/Victorian look ~ and more ~ this would be perfect at a wedding and would make the most beautiful bridesmaid’s dress. Effortlessly redolent of many bygone eras (including 20s / 30s) as well as evoking the maritime theme and the nostalgia and comfort of English countryside heritage, high tea in English cottage gardens and, of course, the British seaside in the Summer time...When it comes to Laura Ashley and her love of fashion, inspired by tradition yet always contemporary, there is no-one to match her visionary style and superb quality. 

This dress is really delightful!!!

•:*♥♥*:•

Superb vintage condition.

100% cotton of exceptional quality that looks and feels wonderful ~ lightweight, soft and a joy to wear.  In cool and classic dark blue with an all-over white polka dot print and dark blue cotton trim ~ effortlessly wearable and just beautiful!

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'.


sailor 85s.jpg

sailor 51s.jpg

50s


SIZE: 
Vintage sizes can often come up a little differently to modern day sizing, so please see the measurements below to be sure of fit... xxx

Size label in garment is : UK size 12 / EURO size 38 / US size 10 but please see below for sizing suggestions and estimates. 

Going by the measurements, we estimate this dress might fit the following ~ please CHECK MEASUREMENTS BELOW: 

UK 6-12 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.

EURO 34 - 40 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.

US 2/4  -  8/10 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.



sailor 00103s.jpg

sailor 58s.jpg


sailor 000136s.jpg


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: 18 inches.

Waist ~ approx: 14 inches.

Hips ~ approx: 20 inches.

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 end ~ approx: 9 inches.


gatsby 28.jpg

noir3.jpg


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 and 30s, 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 in the loveliest, most lightweight linens of cream and white with iconic styling ~ 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, 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 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, for these special occasions when they want to look nostalgically 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...”


sailor 0090s.jpg

sailor 83s.jpg

sailor 34s.jpg

sailor 26s.jpg

THEATRE of FASHION

20th Century Vintage & Contemporary

•:*♥♥*:•




Business seller information

Theatre of Fashion
VAT number: UK 116334441
Print version

Returns policy

After receiving the item, cancel the purchase within
Return postage
14 days
Buyer pays return postage
The buyer is responsible for return postage costs.
Return policy details
We are happy to accept returns within 14 days of purchase date ~ however after 14 days we can no longer accept returns. We accept returns within this period as long as the item is unworn with all original tags etc. Please let us know as soon as possible after day of receipt through ebay messages if you wish to return an item so that we can supply the correct details and note that the item is being returned. We strongly advise customers to read all details and check size etc, and ask for any measurements etc prior to purchase, as in the case of returns all postage costs in both directions are non-refundable and are the buyer’s responsibility. Please contact us if you require additional information before buying.
Most Buy It Now purchases are protected by the Distance Selling Regulations, which allow you to cancel the purchase within 14 working days after the day you receive the item. Find out more about your rights as a buyer - opens in a new window or tab and exceptions - opens in a new window or tab.

Questions and answers about this item

No questions or answers have been posted about this item.




00067

Place bid

Time left:
Current bid:
(Approximately ##1##)
Postage:
Import charges:
Your maximum bid:
Your maximum bid:
Please read the full listing. By clicking Confirm bid you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. You will enter a binding contract.
By clicking Confirm bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Postage Programme terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount.
Cancel
Loading...
Resume bidding, if the page does not update immediately.
Place bid
Review and confirm your bid
Bid confirmation
d
h
m
s
day
hour
hours
Free P&P
See item description
(Approximately ##1##)
(Enter ##1## or more)
(Enter more than ##1##)
Your maximum bid:
Increase maximum bid
Place bid
Confirm bid
Increase maximum bid
Cancel
Change bid
Close
, you've been outbid. Don't let it get away - bid again.
, you're the highest bidder on this item. Hope you win it.
, you're the first bidder. Hope you win.
, you're currently the high bidder, but you're close to getting outbid.
, this auction is almost over and you're currently the high bidder.
, you're the high bidder, but the reserve price hasn't been met.
Please enter your bid again.
Please enter a valid number as the bid price.
Enter an amount that is equal or greater than the minimum bid required. This can be found under the bid entry box.
Maximum bids can't be lowered once they're submitted.
This seller requires the buyer to have a PayPal account to purchase this item. Get a PayPal account here .
Your bid is greater than or equal to the Buy it now price. We recommend you purchase this item via Buy it now. If you still wish to bid, you may do so below.
Time left:
Current bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Your maximum bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Increase your maximum bid:
By clicking 1 Click Bid, you are agreeing to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. Learn moreabout 1-click bid - opens in a new window or tab
day
hour
min
sec
days
hours
mins
secs
(approximately ##1##)
Winning bid:
Starting bid:
Close
Congratulations The auction has ended and you're the winner.
The auction has ended, but the reserve price was not met.
Sorry, the auction has ended and you were outbid.
Good news, you're the highest bidder.
Sorry, you've been outbid.
You're the highest bidder, but the reserve price has not been met.
Please enter a higher amount than the current bid.
Maximum bids cannot be lowered once submitted.
Please enter a valid number.