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Laura Ashley

Start Date 13 July 2013
End Date 26 August 2013
Venue The Fashion Museum
Location Bath, UK
Curator Rosemary Harden
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

To celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2013 of the founding of the Laura Ashley label, the Fashion Museum celebrated the vision of the romantic heroine that Laura Ashley gave to fashion in the 1960s and 1970s.

13 July – 26 August 2013

The Fashion Museum worked closely with Laura Ashley to present a special summer exhibition, on display in the grand setting of the Ball Room at the Assembly Rooms, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of this much-loved British brand. Over 90 dresses from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, arguably Laura Ashley’s heyday, were presented in a sea of distinctive colourful cotton print for an exhibition which lasted for six weeks, and which brought back lots of personal memories for visitors to the show.

The exhibition included classic ‘Laura Ashley’ dresses – full-length, pin-tucked bodices, trimmed at the collar and cuffs with white ‘lace’, feature prints – drawn from the Fashion Museum collection, the Laura Ashley Archive, and from The Bowes Museum in County Durham, where the exhibition was on display throughout autumn 2013.

Image © The Fashion Museum, Bath.