1960s Laura Ashley Green Print Dress
I stumbled across this little excerpt on marieclare.co.uk from june 2015 on the impact that the Laura Ashley label had and it really was worth posting here with this dress: "Housewives everywhere became hooked on Laura Ashley's romantic silhouettes and floral-drenched prints in the 1970s. The Edwardian-style dresses and vintage-look fabrics divided opinion amongst the more fashion-forward at the time. 'They're not particularly clothes for making a splash in a dramatic place,' the designer justified at the time. 'They're simple garments to wear at home, and when you get home perhaps you need the security of nostalgia.'
That seems perfectly fitting given this lovely and early example of her work. I am not always a huge fan os Laura Ashley pieces and seldom pick them up but this one is the exception. It does have that wonderful mix of the seventies giving a strong nod to the past and yet still feels fresh with what we are seeing on the runways. It is made of a block printed cotton with a charming pattern of deer running across it in bands. The color is a combination of a white with a deep dusky green over that. The front dips into a V and has a high set waist that sits just under the bust. There are attached ties there that wrap around to create some shape. The skirt cascades to the floor from there with a ruffled hem to finish. I love how each sleeve has a little cuff that curves over the wrist and each ties to close. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Each cuff has attached ties to close and there are attached ties at each side of the front empire waist to add shape.
Bust: 17-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Under bust: 16"
Natural waist: open
Bodice: 10" from neck to under bust
Skirt: 44" from under bust to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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