Mansfield 1970s Black Single Breasted Pleat Skirt Suit
Fashion label ‘Mansfield’ was the brainchild of east-end rag-trader Frank Russell, now affectionately known as ‘The King of Coats’ by those who knew him.
Having understudied as a pattern cutter in his teenage years, Frank returned from military service in 1945 to set up a clothing production company for London retailers, until deciding to form a tailoring partnership with industry colleague Raphael Young, a move that proved immediately successful when client orders topped two thousand garments per week.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Frank quickly came up with his own fashion label, based upon his sister’s name by marriage, and so began a campaign to sell his creations into the best retailers the country had to offer, including Harrods, House of Fraser, Selfridges and Liberty, later selling overseas too.
Winning the Queens Awards for Export in both 1965 and 1966, Mansfield went from strength to strength, and during the 1980s his coats could be seen on Diana Princess of Wales and the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, thereby cementing Mansfield’s success as a brand built upon quality.
The label continued its run of success, until in 1996, it closed its doors for the last time, while in spring of 2008, founder and style genius Frank Russell passed away aged 83.
This particular piece is a classic cut suit in a superb high quality wool fabric, and while the single breasted jacket offers large front-facing lapels and twist cord piping to the small front pockets and lapels with matching buttons to cuff and front secure, the oh-so flattering knee length A-line pleated and fully lined skirt has a fixed waistband, secured with a hidden zip and clasp featuring a single front and back pleat, resulting in perfect 1970s chic, that is easily mixed and matched to demonstrate effortless style.
Fabric Pure new wool and 100% acetate lining
Size Label reads UK 10 but would fit UK 8-10
Excellent (see condition chart)
Imperfections Tiniest of threads escaping at the top left arm as shown in image
The underarms of the jacket have some discolouration and there is a small nick to the inner acetate lining of the skirt
Measured flat without stretching (please double for complete size)
Shoulder To Shoulder (across back) 14.5″
Bust (at widest point) 16″
Length (collar to hem) 22″
Sleeve Length (underarm to cuff) 17″
Sleeve Length (collar to cuff) 23″
Length (waistband to hem) 27″
Mannequin is UK 8-10 | Bust 31.5″ | Waist 24″ | Hips 34.5″
The suit was not pinned for photography purposes