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Cape - Renee, Cape & Handbag Set, Fur, circa 1960s Object Reg. No: HT 23054 1

Short cape of long black fur, part of an ensemble made by Renee and probably worn by Irredenta Itala Serini, a post-war Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with her family in 1950. She had trained in Italy as a designer and dressmaker, and worked for fashion houses in Hobart and Melbourne before setting up her own label in Melbourne in 1959. Madame Serini became a leading prestige women's clothing designer across Australia in the 1960s and 1970s, finally closing in 1979.
Short cape of long black fur. Shoulder caps inside cape would hold the cape in place - there are no other visible means of fastening. It is lined with black satin with wool edging.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Italian Historical Society (Co.As.It), 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 520 mm (Height)
Dimension Comment: Measured from neckline to hem including fur overhang.

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Tagged with: clothing, commerce, fashion, fashion design, fashion industry, furs, italian communities, italian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Irredenta Itala Serini, Italian Migrant, 1950, Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: outerwear
Inscriptions: INSCRIPTIONS: Black leather label printed in gold 'renee / melbourne'.
User (Probable): Madam Irredenta Serini, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960s
References: Astrid Haban-Beer, 'Recalling the Memories of an Haute Couturiere: Madame Serini - A Journey from Fiume to Melbourne'. Italian Historical Society Journal, vol.12, no.1, Jan-June 2004, pp. 25-30.
Astrid Haban-Beer, oral history interview of Madame Serini, November 2003, Italian Historical Society Oral History Collection

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