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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley (1925-85) began her career as a secretary with the Women’s Institute.

She married Bernard Ashley in 1949, and they started a business manufacturing furnishing materials and wallpapers with patterns based upon document sources mainly from the 19th century.

When Laura Ashley gave up work to have a baby, she experimented with designing and making clothes, and this transformed the business into an international chain of boutiques selling clothes, furnishing fabrics, and wallpapers. Her work was characterized by a romantic style and the use of natural fabrics, especially cotton. The Welsh-born fashion designer was especially famed for her floral prints

Laura Ashley's first shop was opened in Machynlleth, Powys (35 Maengwyn Street) - it still trades as an interior design shop.

Laura Ashley died on September 17, 1985 after falling down the stairs at her daughter Jane’s home on her 60th birthday.

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