Laura Ashley

By Halee Kultgen

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Personal background

  • Laura was born on September 7, 1925.

  • She was born in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

  • Laura had four children.

  • Laura's spouse was Bernard Ashley.

  • Laura died on September 17, 1985.

  • Her nationality was Welsh.

FACS Career

Laura was a Welsh fashion designer and a business woman.
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Training received

Laura was self taught throughout her career.
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Personal traits that led to her career

Laura lived on the English Countryside which influenced her Puritan function and Victorian nostalgia of designs.

Secrets to her Success

Laura says, "Living quite remotely as I have done," she once said, "I have not been caught up with city influences and we just developed in our own way." She declared about her success: "It's not really a question of inspiration. What you make as a designer is an expression of yourself. I love music and painting and I prefer life in the country." Another time she said: "The idea of four babies, cooking, sewing, and looking after the home suited me perfectly." Of fashion she remarked: "I don't like ephemeral things; I like things that last forever…"