I recently found an amazing Laura Ashley dress at my local Savers…
The fabric is a print of dark salmon-pink sakura blossom on an indigo background- I don’t know if it is Japanese or just made to look like it but I love the strong contrast and simplicity.
While the empire line, voluminous sleeves and double ruffled hem are similar to other of her prairie dresses that I’ve seen, it is far removed from the kind of Laura Ashley dress that I remember from childhood… no pastel country prints here. Which makes me wonder how far she had progressed from her origins by the time the 80’s hit… This talks a bit about the story, as does this.
I would have loved to get married in this… but I’ve already tied the knot, plus I can’t squeeze into it anyway ; ) So my question is, how significant and collectable is a dress like this? I had thought of turning it into a sundress… but perhaps it should be kept as it is. Anybody have any idea?