English Laura Ashley Cotton Blouse, Circa 1970s

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An early 1970s Laura Ashley Victorian style cotton blouse in a floral print.

Size: Small UK 8-10 Fr - 38 - 40

Laura Mountney Ashley (1925-1985) and husband Bernard Ashley started Ashley-Mountney Ltd in 1953 as a small screenprinting business that they ran from their home. They produced scarves and fabric kitchenwares such as placemats and towels. At first the business was located in London, then Kent, UK, but in 1961 they moved it to Carno, Wales, UK. By this time they were also making aprons and gardening smocks under the Laura Ashley name.

After the move to Wales, the company was able to expand, moving from the house to a larger building, with better printing machinery brought in. The first true Laura Ashley dresses were made in 1966. These dresses had a rural, old fashioned feel, and were right in step with the craze for nostalgia in dressing that came with the end of the 1960s. The dresses were made from the textiles printed by the company, and the designs were often modern interpretations of antique prints.

Source: Lizzie Bramlett

Details

  • Designer
    Laura Ashley
  • Brand
    Laura Ashley
  • Place of Origin
    England
  • Period
    1970-1979
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Marked Size
    Small - Medium (UK)
  • Dealer Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU1402704282
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