Quick vintage stock shopping trip last week (to distract me from my kitchen-sink drama, well kitchen floor drama really, but you get the idea) - was delighted to find two lovely early vintage Laura Ashley maxi dresses of the type I used to wear myself.
They have the old style Laura Ashley labels & are in heavy cotton prints from the early ranges. I read in the biography of Laura A. by Anne Sebba that Laura & Bernard often took their motifs from the end papers of Victorian books - the cherry blossom motif on the mauve dress definitely looks as if that could be its origin.
I once committed quite a serious fashion faux-pas & wore a Laura A. maxi dress (very similar to the mauve dress above) to the Hacienda in Manchester circa 1982. So uncool. I had been to a dinner party which decamped to the club. I remember feeling SOOO out of place in my ruffles, high neck & flounces that I wanted the floor to open & swallow me up. Must have looked ridiculous dancing to Spandau, Dexy's or whosoever done up in that dress!!