Silk trapeze coat & matching dress

This two-piece racewear outfit designed by Chris Leonard won the Racewear Section in the 1962 Golden Shears Awards, which were organised by the Professional Mannequins Association of New Zealand. An example of ensemble dressing at its most luxurious, it comprised a bright pink silk trapeze coat worn over a matching dress whose bouffant skirt had a scalloped hem trimmed with hand-made roses. It was modelled on the night by Diane Cooper.


Photographer: Unknown
Model Diane Cooper
Credit: Images courtesy of Christina Moynihan
Designer: Chris Leonard
Manufacturing location: New Lynn, Auckland
Garment type: Coat, dress
Material: Silk
Features: The dress has a scalloped hem trimmed with hand-made roses.
Colour: Bright pink
Label: Chris Leonard
Date: 1962