Ooh la la!!! I think this cropped vintage 1980s Louis Féraud polka dot jacket, from the renowned French couture designer, is the absolute bomb. This could be worn day or night, either in a dressy style or a more casual way. I can’t help but think of Princess Diana when I look at this piece, as she wasn’t shy of a bold 1980s polka dot!! The detailing on this jacket, made in West Germany, is divine: scalloped cream edging and original black and white buttons. The original shoulder pads remain as well as a press stud option for you to clip your bra strap into place. There is also a number of original press stud buttons to fasten the garment into place. The vintage label lists the sizes as D ‘Deutschland’ 42; US 12; UK 16 and F (France) 44, but please check below for measurements. This garment has been professionally dry-cleaned. Over time, there has been some yellowing to the cream trim and lining (please see images) but I do not feel it detracts at all from the appeal of this well-made designer piece. As with any vintage garment, some signs of age are to be expected.
About the designer: Louis Féraud
French fashion designer Louis Féraud opened his first boutique in Cannes in 1955 after dressing a young Brigitte Bardot in an off-the-shoulder dress and 600 copies were ordered. His designs were worn by other stars including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman and Joan Collins. He and his wife Zizi opened a boutique in Paris in the late 1950s, setting up a workshop and showroom on the Faubourg St Honoré directly opposite the Elysée palace and joining Dior, Lanvin and Givenchy as an haute couturier in the season of 1958. In the 1960s, Twiggy modelled his collections. In 1970, he signed a contract with Fink (Germany) for a ladies’ prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) collection. In 1978 and again in 1984 he won the ‘Golden Thimble Award’ for his Haute Couture Collection. In 1991, he was elected Prince de l’Art de Vivre; and in 1995, he was decorated Officier de la Légion d’honneur, by the French President. His daughter Kiki signed her first Haute Couture collection with Féraud in 1996. The head Haute Couture designer throughout the 1970s,80s and 90s was the Icelandic designer Helga Bjornsson.
Material: Unsure but feels like a brushed thick cotton, with a nylon lining to the vest part of the jacket only (not sleeves)
Modern size equivalent: this will fit best fit a modern-day Australian size 12 or 14.
Jacket front width measurements when garment is laid flat (for the entire measurement, double the dimensions):
Bust: 50cm (19.6 inches)
Waist: 48cm (18.8 inches)
Length from shoulder to hem: 56cm (22 inches)
Please note, I’m modelling this one and in this picture, I was a size 10 with a D cup bust. I’m only 148cm tall (approx. 4’11”). This jacket was a generous fit on me and was too big. Would best suit an Australian size 12 or 14.
This garment has been professionally dry cleaned, pressed and is odour free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.