Full-length black velvet kaftan-style dress. Made by the label of Madame Serini (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.

Physical Description

Full-length black velvet kaftan-style dress. Boat neckline. Edging down each side, each sleeve and neckline of bronze sequins, forming a background for beading of silver disks, and black and silver beads. Slight tucking for bust. Zip to half-way down back. Black lining throughout.

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