|1970's Laura Ashley dresses in an exhibition in 2013 at the Fashion Museum, Bath.|
Laura Ashley; She died years ago, yet her legacy lives on in shops all around the world. From humble beginnings, working on the kitchen table, she started a fashion for pretty cotton fabrics made up into over the top frills and furbelows. I liked her fabrics but not her dresses, they were pastiche, going back to a time, not quite sure when, very much Victorian but with a hint of the Wild West in them. She said herself that her clothes were meant to be worn in the home and not outside.
I suppose it must have been in response to the starker colours of the 1960s, Mary Quant comes to mind, 'flower power' had made an entrance and being appealingly feminine with flowers in ones hair struck the right note. Bet feminists raged quietly! Anyway I still have a quilt made from her materials.
I remember owning sumptuous coffee table books of rooms lavishly decorated (probably her French chateau) and probably thinking at the time but don't the curtains collect dust? Now the styles are much cleaner but still heark back to rose wallpapers, etc.