Many of us have memories of Laura Ashley and for me, it’s visiting the Brighton branch during the school holidays with my mum and sister. My sister and I would hide from one another under the long dresses and skirts while my Mum tried in vain to shop. There was often the promise of a new toy if we behaved long enough to allow her to buy something.
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Laura Ashley label and lots of exciting things have and are taking place to celebrate. Earlier this month I was invited to visit the Laura Ashley archive in London where I was treated to a fascinating tour by the archivist Angela Jeffery. It was a real honour to be there and surrounded by so much fashion history.
Following this, I headed to Bath and the Laura Ashley exhibition. It was magical and fun to hear so many visitors gasp as they walked into the room. I was amazed at how beautiful the dresses were, so many lovely cuts, fabrics and details.
And finally, at the end of July, I attended the opening of the first Laura Ashley Hotel. The hotel was stunning and decorated entirely in – yes you’ve guessed it – Laura Ashley. Anyway, here are a few shots from my adventures I would love to hear your Laura Ashley stories.
You can catch Laura Ashley: The Romantic Heroine when it moves to The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham next month. To see more photographs of the Laura Ashley Hotel please visit the gorgeous Laura Ashley blog.