obsessed with Laura Ashley

Long before running my little vintage shop in Peckham I have always been a tiny bit obsessed with Laura Ashley vintage dresses! In my teenager imagination it represented that very romanticised Merchant Ivory trope of Englishness that excluded me as a Black British Londoner from its narrative but which I was always drawn!

I must confess now that I have never owned a Laura Ashley Dress of my own! I have only ever modelled & sold them.

I could never afford to shop at Laura Ashley in the 80s and 90s. Princess Diana and the Sloane Ranger shopped there; not me and not my family! So when I find a vintage Laura Ashley dress it always gives me a special thrill to have it in my possession even if its just for a short space of time...

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