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Woman's dress

English
1970–75


Object Place: Wales (U.K.)

Dimensions

Center back: 151.13 cm (59 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2008.337

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave with machine-made cotton lace

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

White long cotton dress with ruffle along hem. Dress hits at natural waist, has a standing collar trimmed with cotton lace. Two narrow bands of lace are inserted down the front and outlining the yoke which extends around to the back of the dress. Two darts at the waist on both the front and back. Long full set in sleeves with a narrow band of lace running down the front and back and tight 6” cuffs with three plastic (faux mother of pearl) buttons. Very full skirt with five seams, gathered at the waist, with a 5 1/2” ruffle at the hem. The back of the dress has a 25” zipper down the center back. Label on inner left side of zipper reads “Laura Ashley/ Dyers and Printers/12 Made in Wales - UK 86 cm.”

These inexpensive white cotton dresses were one of Laura Ashley’s signature items. Inspired by Edwardian and Victorian fashions, they evoked country life, innocence, and wholesomeness.

Provenance

Purchased from the dealer Lewis Lewis of Canton, North Carolina on April 30, 2008; gift from Pamela A. Parmal to the MFA, May 9, 2008.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Van Siclen, Jr.