Summary

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.

Physical Description

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.

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