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Handbag - Renee, Cape & Handbag Set, Fur, circa 1960s Object Reg. No: HT 23054 2

Handbag covered with long black fur, with black leather handle. It was 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.
Handbag covered with long black fur, with a black leather handle secured with brass rings. There is a black and gold clasp, and the mouth of the bag is covered with leather. The interior of bag is tan leather, with several pockets, two trimmed with black and one with a brass zipper. The pockets are lined with cream satin.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Italian Historical Society (Co.As.It), 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 550 mm (Height), 330 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width measured including fur overhang, height measured including extended handle and 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
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: bags
Inscriptions: INSCRIPTIONS: Tan leather label inside handbag 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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