The Laura Ashley 60 years, exhibition in Bath

60 years of Laura Ashley.

I have been waiting and planning to visit this exhibition in Bath for a long time. Finally, yesterday, my plans were fulfilled…

We arrived at the beautiful city that is Bath…..

and headed for the Assembly rooms…

 Photography was allowed….hurrah! that means you can come too…..

On entering …

A beautiful ballroom filled with archived very early Laura Ashley dresses…

The tour starts….

This turned out to be my favourite. I would wear this…really!

and around the corner….


This was a ‘one off’ production piece

A childs dress in swan fabric (second fave)

They really should reproduce this print today?

Love the pockets and styling….

‘Modern’ Pop brights?

and so Jane Austen…

Simply adorable…with a ‘mock’ apron front.

…in delicate lawn…

Laure Ashley also did mini dresses in the 60’s….But I don’t remember them,

Do you?

She was of course renown for the mid 70’s frills and prairie dresses…

To finish…

Side by side 60’s and 70’s

A mum had made this for her daughters from one of her old Laura Ashley dresses…

Its from the mid 70’s.

Such a shame Laura Ashley died so young…

On a lighter note, this was dress of the year for 2012!

not much dress….or is my age showing?

We had a super day…Bath is such a beautiful city.

Have a great weekend

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  1. the vanilla squirrel
    25/08/2013 / 08:41

    Wow I could hardly breathe looking at those dresses!!!!! Aaa argh they are just stunning……. My fav is the pocket one with short sleeves…… beautiful simplicity! I had some groovy 80 s dresses from LA ….. they were always in lovely prints and I wish I'd kept mine too. Hey did that production dress look familiar???? He he – looking forward to seeing you soon – glad you had such a fabulous day E x?

  2. Ruby Mole
    25/08/2013 / 08:21

    Thank you for sharing pictures form the exhibition. I always associate Laura Ashley with the 70s. Floaty dresses a la Abigail's Party were all the rage back then.

  3. 25/08/2013 / 07:59

    I would've loved to see this exhibition too but too far to travel!! Thanks for the tour. The last dress looks more like a lampshade than a dress, don't you think.

  4. Jo
    24/08/2013 / 20:59

    Oh I really want to go now. Might have to plan a trip. thanks for the inspiration. Jo x

  5. Thea
    24/08/2013 / 20:49

    What a lovely trip, I grew up adoring Laura Ashley too, thank you for sharing those beautiful Pride and Prejudice
    Happy Bank Holiday
    Thea xx

  6. 24/08/2013 / 19:57

    Thank you so much for taking us along!
    I've always wanted to go to Bath and I love Laura Ashley!
    Cheers chucks x

  7. Crafting Not Cleaning!
    24/08/2013 / 19:11

    Ooh lovely, I had lots of Laura Ashley frocks when I was teaching. Not got them any more though. Should have kept them!

  8. Caroline South
    24/08/2013 / 18:54

    Great pictures, it looks like a wonderful exhibition. I love the print with the swans. I have never been to bath but would love to go, it does look like a beautiful place. x

  9. the linen cloud
    24/08/2013 / 18:49

    Oh those dresses are fabulous, the fabrics, the frills … lovely … Bee xx

  10. 24/08/2013 / 18:02

    Wish I lived in the UK. I would have loved to see that exhibit as well. I used to wear lots of Laura Ashley dresses when I was in my twenties. Your photo's are a trip back to memory lane 🙂 Most of them look very regency indeed!

    Happy weekend Daisy!

    Madelief x

  11. Shrimpton and Perfect
    24/08/2013 / 16:48

    Smashing tour LDJ. Such beautiful textiles. I would definitely buy some of the swan design fabric.

    Jean x

  12. Chrissie
    24/08/2013 / 16:28

    Oooo I bet you were tempted to try on some of those fabulous frocks! Chrissie x

  13. Rainbow Vintage Home
    24/08/2013 / 16:05

    Wonderful photos, thank you for sharing! My Mum's best friend had a classic frilly 70s Laura Ashley dress when I was little, and she used to let me dress up in it when we went visited. She has a huge garden, I would run through the tall grass and imagine that I was the heroine in a terribly romantic story…seeing those dresses brought back a lot of childhood memories! xx

  14. Mel Makes
    24/08/2013 / 15:52

    This exhibition looks amazing – such beautiful dresses!

  15. Ethel Johnson
    24/08/2013 / 15:41

    Square neck with pockets and cap sleeves… I made 2 and lived in them in the mid 70's and still have a long one but sadly it's a grotty brown colour. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. EE xx

  16. 24/08/2013 / 14:28

    Wow – what an absolutely lovely collection – lucky you! So glad you could take pics 🙂