Thursday, August 25, 2011


Laura Ashley 1983

Lately I've been thinking a lot about cottons and how hard it is to find quality stuff.  So you'll find me traipsing down memory lane here.  While Jessica McClintock revived the Prairie Gown with her Gunne Sax line in the seventies, the more haute couture versions of Prairie came to us through the stunning creations of  British designer, Laura Ashley.  She used finer imported cottons and voiles and in the images above and below we can see perfect examples of this look at it's best.  Vintage elements were really brought out in the accessories like the straw hat and crochet gloves below. 

Laura Ashley 1986

Today there is very little in the Prairie look that has survived except for the fact the dresses remain to-the-floor and in cotton.  Contemporary brides find the high collars restricting and with all the added ruffles and laces, the overall look rather babyish.  In the photos above and below, certain elements of Prairie Revival are updated for today's bride who has embraced it as a vintage look . . .I for one love the intricate strips of lace running vertically and horizontally all over the blouse and skirts.  Dresses like these are the perfect opportunity to wear the best imported cottons you can find.
The Prairie look updated circa 2010
Photos by Berit New York


the nyanzi report said...

such beauty. this is a great revival.

Leia said...

These 'vintage' dresses are so pretty :)


MosaMuse said...

i like these vintage type styles!
nice blog!!

Dee Stephens said...

Laura Ashley -- gosh that brings back memories!

Couture Carrie said...

Beautiful post!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics;)

Nikki said...

I think they're pretty, for winter. Is she trying to boil us alive ;)

There is something sexy about not showing skin though.

Anisa Young said...

SOOOOOOOOO CLASSY! I love all things vintage, it's just a feeling and time of classier living dont you think? xxAnisa

Diana said...

WOW these are so striking and unique. I love the lace collar on the last one! I hope you have a great weekend <3

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Laura Ashley would definitely have created this country chic look well!

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El said...

Laura Ashley's dress is amazingly beautiful :)

classy & fabulous


Bride-onicles said...

You can tell those are beautiful fabrics, and yes what a trip down memory lane. The 80s were such a funny time for fashion and now they are coming back!

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Anonymous said...

I love your take on different styles, how unique this site is amongst wedding sites.

Rhian Morris said...

Excellent choice of fabrics.