Laura Ashley

October 22, 2009


*I’m back from my foray into psychology and meaningful posts and am back to pure, unadulterated nostalgia.*

Laura Ashley was a designer that died in 1985. Her brand lived on and enjoyed wild popularity amongst suburban and middle class parents and children during the early to mid 1990s. After that joyous time the country faced financial difficulties but goodness, the beauty of Laura Ashley deserves a second look.

Laura Ashley started out by making scarves that Audrey Hepburn made famous in Roman Holiday. Fast forward to the 1990s and the Laura Ashley designs were characterized by an abundance of flowers. The designs were almost Victorian but too gaudy for those repressed celibates. (I’m not trying to offend any modern day repressed celibates)

Laura Ashley created everything from towels to bedding to eyeglasses to furniture. Clothing by Laura Ashley is just as fun. Patterns from McCalls show overalls and babydoll dresses (OH YEAH…bring on the dress and Doc Martins) made from material that was nothing short of a secret garden.

Children today are starved for a gaudy designer to overtake their lives and wardrobes. Sure, they have Miley Cyrus’s clothing line and Justice or Limited Too or whatever it is…but do they have a truly distinct unifying style? A fusion of current trends and history? I don’t see children running around in flapper gear mixed with Rainbow sandals…this indicates no. Poor kids today don’t get to experience the joy of Laura Ashley. I hope fifteen years from now some twenty-something is able to look back on fashion icons on of their youth.

Just in time for 1990s themed Halloween parties, Laura Ashley needs a second look. Grab a flowery dress, scarf and goofy glasses and you’ll be ready to go.


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