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Laura Ashley celebrates 60 years in business with a show of vintage dresses.

Laura Ashley presented a great selection of its vintage dresses in London this week to mark the 60th year of business for the company plus its new adult collections for fall 2013.

The detailing and beautiful lace used in some of the styles right up to the 80’s was amazing, I had always thought of the style as very flimsy and sheer but the construction was often very sturdy and fabrics quite heavy in weight and quality.

Not much in the way of kidswear I am afraid, just a small sailor inspired vintage dress but there is a lot to be learned and inspiration to be had from the vintage pieces. Next winter the company looks right up to date with a monochromatic selection of womens fashion.

Also new for the fall is the Laura Ashley Hotel, The Manor, in Elstree, Hertfordshire which has been renovated to showcase all the latest interior design elements in the Laura Ashley collection.

Beautiful lace detailing in this vintage Laura Ashley dress from the 60 year celebration

Beautiful lace detailing in this vintage Laura Ashley dress from the 60 year celebration

 

Wonderful white lace Victorian inspired wedding dress from 1982 in the Laura Ashley vintage archive.

Wonderful white lace Victorian inspired wedding dress from 1982 in the Laura Ashley vintage archive.

 

Childs sailor dress from the 80's which has a matching Mum's dress too from Laura Ashley 60th year celebrations

Child’s sailor dress from the 80’s which has a matching Mum’s dress too from Laura Ashley 60th year celebrations

 

Great detailing and construction on this vintage Laura Ashley womens dress.

Great detailing and construction on this vintage Laura Ashley womens dress.

 

1960's apron surprisingly not floral but rather Nordic looking from the Laura Ashley archives

1960’s apron surprisingly not floral but rather Nordic looking from the Laura Ashley archives

 

1960's styling from Laura Ashley, the company began in 1953 and is celebrating its 60th year in business.

1960’s styling from Laura Ashley, the company began in 1953 and is celebrating its 60th year in business.

 

Porcelean vintage doll made in the likeness of Laura Ashley for Christmas 1984 based on a Victorian original.

Porcelean vintage doll made in the likeness of Laura Ashley for Christmas 1984 based on a Victorian original.

 

back to today, I rather liked these matching mug and glass candle designs from Laura Ashley for fall 2013.

Back to today, I rather liked these matching mug and glass candle designs from Laura Ashley for fall 2013.

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