Dress, Joseph Leonard

Dress, Joseph Leonard

Dress
Joseph Leonard
1965
New York
Gold paper with sequins
Museum no. T.297-1974
Given by Princess Slanislaus Radziwill

The thigh-high ‘mini’ was symbolic of the 1960s in both Britain and America. Though initially shocking to some, many designers embraced its informality and ease of movement. Here American designer Leonard Joseph combines the youthful shape of the mini with an unconventional paper textile.

Designed for the avant-garde New York boutique 'Forward Look', this dress was worn by Princess Stanislaus Radziwill. She was the sister of Jackie Kennedy and a regular figure on the social scene of both sides of the Atlantic.