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Laura Ashley


Laura Ashley

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    Available in PDF Format | Laura Ashley.pdf | English
    Martin Wood(Author)
Against the background of Laura Ashley’ s life – from her birth in South Wales in 1925 to her sudden death in 1985 – Martin Wood tells the story of the iconic brand she and her husband, Bernard, created. Beginning with the textiles they designed and printed at home in their three-room flat in the 1950s, Wood looks at how, when they began designing and selling dresses, blouses and other clothes, and launched a range of household textiles and furnishings, ‘ Laura Ashley style’ became a phenomenon.

The story is richly illustrated with more than 200 photographs and drawings, many never previously published, from the company’ s archives and the Ashley family’ s private records.

From reviews of Nancy Lancaster

'Excellent . . . the best title on taste and design published this year' Financial Times

'Of all the books on houses and gardens . . . this one takes the cake' Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, Spectator

'A rare treat, fluently written and superbly illustrated Daily Telegraph

The most inspirational and stylish buys for your coffee table this month. --Elle DecorationThis is a beautifully produced book, setting Laura Ashley in the fashion world of the sixties and seventies. --House and GardenA beautifully compiled record of the life and inspirations behind the legend that is Laura Ashley. Drawn from first-hand accounts, Martin Wood skilfully documents the history of what has become a highly successful and influential brand. --Easy Living

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Book details

  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Martin Wood(Author)
  • Frances Lincoln; 1 edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • English
  • 4
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Mrs Cibber on 14 September 2013

    If you are into Laura Ashley for the fashion, then this is a little disappointing, but if you want to know the whole of e empire that Laura Ashley built up, then it is the book for you. Well written and gives a great insight into how good and brilliant Laura was, before her company was sold out.

  • By ladybird on 9 June 2012

    A lovely book, well researched and very interesting.On the down side I would have liked more photos and information about the clothes; there was much emphasis on the soft furnishing side of the business.Would have liked a bit more detail of the names of the patterns too.

  • By FloraLouise on 2 September 2011

    This book is the best one I have found for Laura Ashley, and has been invaluable for a project I have been doing about her. Not only does it provide great biographical information and context, but it also includes a wide range of examples especially of her early work. Beautifully written, with some great photographs, which I have yet to see any where else.

  • By Sue Smith on 25 December 2012

    Excellent, good illustrations very informative.Particularly enjoyed some of the wry comments contained therein. Arrived on time as usual, very good price

  • By michelle travers on 17 December 2013

    Excellent history of Laura Ashley. Would recommend to anybody who loves her clothes and decor. The pictures are superb and the designs stand out well

  • By Mr Peter Chester on 18 September 2015


  • By Gill Chalmers on 12 August 2014

    Lovely book with great photos read it from cover to cover!

  • By Guest on 6 September 2016

    fantastic story fantastic quality book and delivery!!!

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