Summary

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 1981.

Physical Description

Short cape of long black fur (bear or primate?). Fur conceals construction of cape. Shoulder caps inside cape would hold the cape in place - there are no other visible means of fastening. Lined with black silk taffeta with wool facings.

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