My sister rang me the other night to say she’d found a picture of our mother on the internet. Rather unexpectedly it was on the Laura Ashley website, which she was looking at as she’s doing some fairly major renovation work, and the picture was being used on the header of the Laura Ashley Heritage Collection page. My mother was a model in the 1960′s and early 70′s and was in some iconic fashion shoots, covers and advertisements, shot by the leading photographers of the day including Norman Parkinson and David Bailey.
Between my sisters and I we have a collection of images of her in various magazines, but I don’t think any of us would have expected the Laura Ashley website. We go to some lengths to track down images of her from those days, so you can imagine how wonderful it is when one pops up without even trying.
My mother is the one seated. I love this image, it’s iconic of the age and whilst I doubt the dress is Laura Ashley (not smocky or floaty enough probably), I was delighted that they used it to demonstrate the Heritage Collection.
I got in touch the PR Manager who was kind enough to send me a high res image that I can print so all three of us can have a copy. She also sent me a pdf of the archive book. It’s a really fascinating whistle stop journey through almost six decades of a classic British designer, with some wonderful archive images of prints you’ll probably remember and old photoshoots.
It’s well worth a look in you have a spare ten minutes, you can find it here LAURA ASHLEY ARCHIVE BOOK FINAL