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  • Place of origin:

    Wales (made)

  • Date:

    1970-72 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Laura Ashley Ltd (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Daniel Milford-Cottam

  • Museum number:

    T.61:1, 2-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The fabrics of early Laura Ashley dresses took inspiration from historic textiles, often reproducing prints from 19th century cottons. They also borrowed patterns from woven medieval and Renaissance textiles. The design of the fabric in this dress was inspired by a tapestry in the Museum’s collections. To see the original 1425-30 tapestry, ‘The Boar and Bear Hunt’, look up object number T.204-1957.

This dress was a best-selling design for Laura Ashley throughout the 1970s and well into the 1980s. Its high neck, tucked bodice and long blouse sleeves give it a classic, vaguely Edwardian look. Laura Ashley was particularly known for good quality dresses in easily washable cotton in a wide variety of prints and solid colours, rather than for trend-based fashions.

Physical description

Full length dress in heavy white cotton with tucked bodice, high neck, and long sleeves, trimmed with cotton lace. The fabric is printed with a dense, single-tone purple design directly based upon one of the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, the Boar and Bear Hunt. Self-fabric sash.

Place of Origin

Wales (made)


1970-72 (made)


Laura Ashley Ltd (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed cotton

Marks and inscriptions

'laura ashley made in wales'
Label inside dress, type used 1965-1972

Descriptive line

Dress and sash, purple-printed white cotton with a design based on the Boar & Bear Hunt tapestry





Subjects depicted

Bear; Human; Tapestries; Hounds; Men; Hunters; Women


Fashion; Clothing; Textiles

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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