Laura Ashley

Profiles of FACS Success ~ By: Mackenzie Withey

Personal Information

  • Maiden Name: Mountney
  • Born September 7, 1925 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • Died September 17, 1985 in Coventry, England but was buried in Wales
  • Married Bernard Ashley in 1949
  • Had 4 Children: Jane, David, Nick, and Emma

Education and Training

  • Attended Marshall's School in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, until 1932
  • She studied 18th and 19th century prints in museum collections for her miniature floral patterns
  • Self-taught in design

-Her life in the Welsh countryside influenced her Puritan and Victorian nostalgia designs

--"The Laura Ashley Look" had a sense of permanance from Laura Ashley

  • Served in the Woman's Royal Naval Service
-Her uniform influenced her dress designing as a Wren in World War 2


  • Her FACS Career was very successful
  • She would design placemats, scarves, tablecloths, aprons and dresses by the silkscreen method with her husband, on their kitchen table
  • Opened first retail store in London in 1969
  • The first American shop opened in 1974 in San Francisco
  • 200 Stores throughout the world, 4,000 employees
  • In 1984 the stores grossed $130,000,000