Sunday, 3 April 2011

Is it odd...

That I have a bit of a thing for Laura Ashley?

Picture from the book on Laura Ashley by Martin Wood

Not the new stuff - I don't really like the layout of their stores... - but the old stuff, and the ideas that are conjured up by my experiences of the brand. I have vivid memories of a wall in one of the sixth form classrooms at my school covered with a display on the History of Fashion. A page from a magazine had been cut out and stuck to the top right hand corner, showing a girl in a Laura Ashley sun dress, wandering through long grass. I wish I could find that image now... It has stayed with me for more than 5 years, and will continue to feature in my thoughts on summer dressing and florals for a long time to come!

These photos by Jane Ashley for example... There was an exhibition a year-ish back at the Arden and Anstruther Gallery in West Sussex. I really wish I'd been able to go, as even the images I can find on the internet show a wide variety of styles, but a beautiful, consistent aesthetic.

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Image from The Guardian by Jane Ashley

Episode image for 17/05/2010
Image from the BBC website by Jane Ashley


Image from Arden and Anstruther Gallery by Jane Ashley

I also adore the fabric patterns that have surfaced... A couple of my favourites are these:


What do you guys think? I'm really really really tempted to buy the Martin Wood book...



Chrissy said...

Great Photos. I really love the look and feel to them.

MJ said...

Wow, those are really cool prints - wonder if they re-release any?

yiqin; said...

nice prints!

Style Eyes said...

Yes I love Laura Ashley too. Some beautiful photographs. I have just bought a beautiful print dress from the People Tree Laura Ashley collaboration.