I was a bit of a Laura Ashley dresser myself in the 70's, seen here swinging in my parents' paddock.
There were dresses for children to try on.
And downstairs in the permanent collection the grownups were also having fun dressing up in Victorian corsets and crinolines, dresses and bonnets.
There was an exhibition of 'Fifty Fabulous Frocks' celebrating 50 years of the Fashion Museum at the Assembly Rooms. Dress no 508 could have stepped from a Jane Austin novel.
It was a rather dizzying selection from the permanent collection.
Every year a well known person from the fashion industry chooses the 'Dress of the Year'.
This Dior dress is beautifully made, but, in my opinion, quite unwearable!
I much prefer earlier choices, I would happily wear this outfit from 1987 by John Galliano,
or the dress of the year for 1984 by Body Map, but without the chilly bit around the navel!
What era are you?
Tomorrow, if you wear a Laura Ashley dress to the museum your entry will be free. I'm tempted to go back with my camera to record who turns up!