Laura Ashley (Fashion Designer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


Laura Ashley was a Welsh fashion designer and businesswoman. She originally made furnishing materials in the 1950s, expanding the business into clothing design and manufacture in the 1960s. The Laura Ashley style is characterised by Romantic English designs — often with a 19th-century rural feel — and the use of natural fabrics.

Born: Laura Mountney, September 7, 1925, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Died: September 17, 1985, Coventry, West Midlands, England
Resting place: St. John the Baptist Church, Carno, Mid Wales
Nationality: British
Education: Marshall’s School, Merthyr Tydfill, Elmwood School, Croydon
Occupation: Fashion designer/Businesswoman
Known for: Founding Laura Ashley plc
Children: 4
IMDb: Laura Ashley’s IMDb

About Laura Ashley

Welsh entrepreneur and fashion and furniture designer. Her clothing design style was marked by a romantic, nineteenth-century, pastoral character and by the use of non-synthetic materials.

Before Fame

During World War II, she joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service. After the war, she worked as a secretary and designer of quilts and scarves.


Her fashion design company was originally called Ashley Mountney (a combination of her married and maiden names), but her husband suggested that it be re-named Laura Ashley.

Family Life

She was raised in England and Wales by Baptist parents. Her marriage to engineer and fellow designer Bernard Ashley produced four children.


She was a contemporary of Broadway costume designer Patricia Zipprodt.

Information related to Laura Ashley

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  • in the FMD Ashley’s entry in the Fashion Model Directory
  • National gallery portraits

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Latest information about Laura Ashley updated on September 16, 2020.

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