Friday, 1 February 2008


I thought I'd share these great calendars with you that I got for Christmas. Obviously, I meant to do it at the beginning of January, but better late than never!

The first calendar is from Laura Ashley and features, and I quote "illustrations that were produced in-house for Laura Ashley during the mid 1970's."
How fabulous!

They remind me of when I first started working in the industry. These were the type of sketches that the designer would pass to the patterncutters before making the way around the sample room via sample cutter ( which was me at the time, only I called myself design room assistant to make it more glamorous - it didn't work) to sample machinist, before becoming a fully fledged garment in it's own right. It being the late 80's/early 90s there would have possibly been shoulder pads and lace collars involved - told you, glamour be my middle name!

The second calendar is called Wallpaper and surprisingly enough features wallpaper, retro wallpaper of course! It has no credits or dates to any of the papers but 60s/70s seems like a very safe bet!

I'm going to post a new image from each calendar every month (these being from January and February) to spread the joy and sharing, but just as a little tease, Decembers wallpaper is soooo worth the wait - poodle mermaids!!! Honestly!!


AnastasiaC said...

i LOVE the Laura Ahsley calendar!! so sweet!!

Anonymous said...

Those types of wistful sketches by Laura Ashley are what made me want to be a fashion designer. I don't know about you but the reality was a big wet kipper in the face!!!
Ooh poodle mermaids, I simply can't wait! I'm coming over!

Lesley-Ann said...

That laura ashley calendar is so great!!!! Beautiful collection!

xxxxx Les