Sapphire evening gown

Chris Leonard won the Gown of the Year competition in 1963 with this blue satin gown called 'Sapphire'. The gown appeared on-stage concealed by a floor-length matching cloak, removed later for a dramatic reveal. It was judged the winning design by public vote.


Model Liz Craddock
Credit: Image courtesy of Christina Moynihan
Designer: Chris Leonard
Garment type: Evening gown
Material: Satin
Features: The gown has a strapless bodice, a crinoline skirt embellished with rhinestones and hand-made roses.
Colour: Sapphire blue
Label: Chris Leonard
Date: 1963