Laura Ashley 1983
Lately I've been thinking a lot about cottons and how hard it is to find quality stuff. So you'll find me traipsing down memory lane here. While Jessica McClintock revived the Prairie Gown with her Gunne Sax line in the seventies, the more haute couture versions of Prairie came to us through the stunning creations of British designer, Laura Ashley. She used finer imported cottons and voiles and in the images above and below we can see perfect examples of this look at it's best. Vintage elements were really brought out in the accessories like the straw hat and crochet gloves below.
Laura Ashley 1986
Today there is very little in the Prairie look that has survived except for the fact the dresses remain to-the-floor and in cotton. Contemporary brides find the high collars restricting and with all the added ruffles and laces, the overall look rather babyish. In the photos above and below, certain elements of Prairie Revival are updated for today's bride who has embraced it as a vintage look . . .I for one love the intricate strips of lace running vertically and horizontally all over the blouse and skirts. Dresses like these are the perfect opportunity to wear the best imported cottons you can find.
The Prairie look updated circa 2010
Photos by Berit New York