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TRUE VINTAGE ~ Simply the most elegant and stylish, and VERY SEXY, long velvet corset style dress,

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09 Aug, 2014 19:02:25 BST
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: TRUE VINTAGE ~ Simply the most elegant and stylish, and VERY SEXY, long velvet corset style dress, exquisitely shaped in midnight blue velvet ~ EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION by the quintessentially British designer LAURA ASHLEY ~ BEAUTIFUL, CLASSIC, STUNNING!!! Unleash your inner Noir Mistress...Carmen...Ophelia...
Decade: Victorian/Edwardian/40s War Bride/50s...inspired Brand: Laura Ashley
Look: Medieval/Equestrian/Mistress/Carmen/Noir Beauty UK SIZING: UK 12 in label ~ please see measurements
Size: 12 US SIZING: US 8 in label ~ please see measurements
Main Colour: Blue EURO SIZING: Euro 38 in label ~ please see measurements
Vintage Type: True Vintage Exact Material: 73% Cotton, 27% Viscose, 100% Polyester
Material: Velvet Exact Colour: Midnight Blue

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Mistress Noir ~ Carmen ~ Pre-Raphaelite ~ Baroque ~ Masquerade ~ Belle of the Ball 


         in Fabulously Striking Sumptuous 
Midnight Blue Velvet
      Fabulously Shaped & Simply Stunning 

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

Vintage Laura quintessentially English...




~ Vintage ~ Wedding ~ Mistress ~ Courtesan ~ The Renaissance ~ Pre-Raphaelite ~ Ophelia ~ Opera ~ Carmen ~ Masquerade Ball ~ Parisian ~ La Belle Epoque ~ Medieval ~ Tudor ~ Black Tie/Dinner Dance ~ Beautiful ~ Siren ~ Vamp ~ 40s War Bride ~ 50s Starlet ~ Swing ~ Femme Fatale  ~ Glamour ~ Berlin Night Club ~ Cabaret ~ Jazz Club ~ Noir Vamp ~ Gothic ~Victorian  ~ Edwardian ~ Period Drama  ~ Regency ~  Bride ~ Bridesmaid ~ The Tudors ~ Medieval ~ King Arthur & Guinevere  ~  Baroque ~ Bohemian ~ Theatrical ~ Casanova ~ Courtesan ~ Gentry ~ Aristocrat ~ Faded Grandeur ~ Manor House ~ Debutante Coming Out Ball...Elegant ~ Sensual ~ Mysterious ~ Beyond Gorgeous...



Midnight Mistress ~ Victorian Vamp ~ Carmen
Velveteen Gypsy ~ Beautiful Blue Bride ~ Noir Grandeur

For lovers of Laura Ashley and her early, dark-hued vintage pieces ~ reminiscent of an elegant 1940s war bride, with touches of 50s inspired styling and evocations of the Victorian, Edwardian and Renaissance periods, and with more than a touch of the Gothic Noir Mistress ~ this is a classic and elegant true vintage piece in the most romantic, dramatic shade of deepest midnight blue.

A truly stunning, very rare velvet dress/evening gown/wedding dress/ball gown, it hangs beautifully with elegant, fluid lines in the softest, most sumptuous velvet with classic tailoring and understated, yet very sexy, shaping...

Featuring a deep, rounded neckline edged in silky dark blue piping, the prettiest cap sleeves and two rows of elegant piping running over the bust and down the fitted bodice to the curved waist seam. This dream of a dress then drapes into lusciously long, flowing soft folds which  fall in a perfect pool of velvet to form a full and fabulous skirt...

The divine detailing doesn’t stop there.. the back view is equally elegant and chic, with the same rounded neckline and that flattering, fitted bodice giving a fabulous hour-glass shape, and fastened with a row of velvet covered buttons and silky ribbon loops ~ heavenly! A concealed centre zip, for ease of dressing, sits below the buttons amongst that soft swathe of midnight blue velvet skirt.

The superlative style and shaping, and the fitted bodice and beautifully flowing skirt, give such a sensual and simultaneously regal look to this beautiful dress ~ yet another exceptional example of Laura Ashley’s eye for classic, understated design that defined the style of her earlier vintage pieces. So well made, elegant, evocative and sought after, and beautifully designed in the most gorgeous velvet fabric of  midnight noir blue. Effortlessly flattering, with evocations of the classic period palette ~ such a perfect shape which personifies poise and grace...and subtle allure!!!

The trend for contemporary styling with vintage essences continues apace ~ and this blue beauty fits the bill in so many ways and for an array of occasions.  Such a classic yet distinctive shape with a uniquely flattering style: Elegant Edwardians, a Medieval maiden, a mysterious mistress of the Noir, or give in to your inner Victorian Governess, be fashionable with 40s flair ~ or just be fabulous!!!


Excellent vintage condition. 

73% cotton, 27% viscose/rayon  ~ a gorgeous, sumptuous, midnight blue soft velvet which feels wonderful and hangs exquisitely.

100% dark blue silky polyester lining in bodice.

Size label in garment is UK 12 / EURO 38 / US 8  ~ these are vintage sizes so please see measurements below as this dress may fit other sizes.

UK 12 in label ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.

EURO 40 in label ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.

US 8 in label ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.


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: 18-18½ inches.

Waist ~ approx: 15 inches

Hips ~ Freesize

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



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, particularly the gorgeous maxi dresses in sumptuous fabrics, 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 and luxurious velvets 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 ~ or even the darker pieces, reminiscent of period drama ~ 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!!!


20th Century Vintage & Contemporary


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