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- A User (Probable) Melbourne, Australia
Cape - Renee, Cape & Handbag Set, Fur, circa 1960s 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
|Dimensions:||520 mm (Height)|
|Dimension Comment:||Measured from neckline to hem including fur overhang.|
|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|
|Inscriptions:||INSCRIPTIONS: Black leather label printed in gold 'renee / melbourne'.|
|User (Probable):||Madam Irredenta Serini, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960s|
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