A Redfern evening coat in black taffeta and cream Circa 1929
Paris ou Londres
Theatrical opera coat in black silk taffeta and cream from the famous Maison de Haute Couture Redfern, based in Paris, London and New York, dating from the late 1920s. Large cross-section cut (button missing) and large bubbly neck. Pagoda sleeves and bottom of the coat with Art Deco patterns in cream taffeta held by metal rivets and highlighted with pleated smocks. Lining in cream taffeta with redfern claw (rocket silk claw). Structural fragility of cream taffeta with small reinforcements to the inner shoulders and some small damage to the wrists. Despite everything in a very nice condition.
Measurement: Equivalent French size 38/40. Height 107 cm, shoulders 40 cm, sleeves 67 cm.
Redfern & Co is a famous fashion house originally British, created by a tailor draper from the Isle of Wight in the 19th century. It was developed in France by Charles Poynter in the 1870s, and quickly spread throughout the world by opening several branches in London, Paris, or New York in the following decades. It is attributed to the house the invention of the suit set on the symbolic date of 1885, and specializes in women’s sportswear. In the 20th century, Redfern became a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris and opened branches in Nice, Monte-Carlo and Deauville, thus competing with the great houses of the time such as Worth, Lanvin or Poiret. Redfern was also Queen Victoria’s Dressmaker By Royal Appointment but closed in 1929 upon the death of Charles Poynter.