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TRUE VINTAGE and in excellent vintage condition ~ such a very beautiful dress with the most divine

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17 Mar, 2014 05:57:38 GMT
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: TRUE VINTAGE and in excellent vintage condition ~ such a very beautiful dress with the most divine detailing ~ Exquisite in EVERY way...
Decade: 50s Starlet 20s Flapper 30s 40s War Bride Brand: Laura Ashley
Look: Edwardian/Victorian/Sailor/Nautical/Tea Dress Exact Colour: Beautiful Red with small White Polka Dots
Size: 16 Exact Material: Lovely 100% Cotton
Main Colour: Red UK Size: UK 16 - in label - please see measurements
Vintage Type: True Vintage European Size: EURO 42 ~ in label ~ please see measurements
Material: Cotton US Size: US 14 ~ in label ~ please see measurements

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...Croquet on the lawn ~ English Summertime ~ Weddings  ~ Cottage gardens ~ Afternoon tea ~ Messing about in Boats ~ 50s Vamp ~ 40s War Bride ~ 20s 30s Gatsby... 

Stunning true vintage Laura Ashley pure lawn cotton sailor dress / tea dress ~ with beautiful nautical styling & unusual polka dot patterning

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

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Vintage ~ 40s War Bride WWII ~ Soldier's Sweetheart ~ 50s Vamp ~ Edwardian ~ Wedding ~ 30s ~ 20s Flapper ~ Suffragette ~ Henley ~ Boating ~ Croquet on the Lawn ~ Seaside ~ English Tea ~ Cottages Gardens ~ Summer Picnics ~ Messing about in Boats ~ Wind in the Willows ~ Languid Evenings ~ Stunning ~ Flattering ~ Sexy ~ Elegant ~ Just Beautiful...

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Quintessentially English and Just Divine 

Pure Cotton True Vintage Sailor Dress ~ Tea Dress

A really stunning, very unusual, true vintage, pure lawn cotton sailor dress / tea dress in a very rare, vibrant red with small white polka dots. Very rare to find and incredibly beautiful dress by British designers Laura Ashley, who pride themselves on creating quintessential British designs with exceptional quality and tailoring, "I don't like ephemeral things, I like things that last forever....."  

The MOST divine vintage dress, with beautiful & distinctive detailing from the exceptionally well tailored subtly shaped bodice, which draws in at the waist & then out into the loosely pleated mid length skirt ~ elbow length sleeves & longer length silhouette ~ gorgeous sailor/nautical styling ~  'sailor' style collar, which drapes down across the shoulders at the back, & forms a knotted tie at the front, all edged in white ribboning ~  divine red with white polka dot patterning! 

So elegant & timeless, this dress is just BEYOND FABULOUS ~ the soft cotton fabric look fabulous and hang beautifully ~  a timeless design which never goes out of fashion! Very 50s Starlet Vamp, Edwardian, Victorian, 40s War Bride, Henley, English Summertime, and absolutely STUNNING for a wedding ~ would also suit bridesmaids ~ or just for wearing on a languid spring or  summer day ~ would also look just sensational worn with a chunky cardigan or aran knit jumper, tights & boots or brogues for the colder days ~ or dressed up at night with heels, just add bright red lipstick!!! Whichever way you choose to wear this adorable dress you are guaranteed to look beautiful! For work or play, day or night it's just so divine!!!

Excellent vintage condition.

Lovely, exceptional quality, smooth 100% pure lawn cotton which hangs beautifully ~ in an unusual vibrant red with small white polka dots & white ribbon detail. ~ xxx

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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

UK 16 ~ in label

EURO 42 ~ in label 

US 14 ~ in label

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All measurements taken with 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 (unless stated otherwise) ~ 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.

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

Bust ~ armpit to armpit ~ across front ~ approx: 22 inches.

Waist ~ approx: 16 inches.

Sleeve Length ~ taken from shoulder ~ down top of sleeve to end ~ approx: 17 1/2 inches.

Length ~ taken from neckline ~ down back of dress to bottom of hem ~ approx: 49 1/2 inches.

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"I reckon that women looked their best at the turn of the century..." ~ Laura Ashley

Laura 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 and Edwardian eras which make all of their designs quintessentially English and timeless. Or just think of the literary heroines of the Regency era with 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 '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 Ahley'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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