9 August 2013

John Redfern, one of the pioneers in couture is well known as the maker of sporty chic clothing. Unlike Charles Frederick Worth or Paul Pioret, not many people know about him (well, if you read this, you know a little bit), so it's so surprising that I found this silk cape made by Redfern.

This cape was made from beige natural silk, and some parts were lined with black/beige windowpane plaid. With some black cord outline, the classic cutwork pattern on the black leather trim gives an impression resembling arcane insignia of a highly respected elites. The fullness of the hood can be adjusted with a cord drawstring. The front opening has decorative braided buttons and loops.

The condition is almost excellent. Near the hem is a tiny hole, barely visible because it is backed with hem facing. One size fits all. The length is 52" at the center-front.

Oh, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a Redfern silk cape with similar trimming. Tab here to see it.

Signorefandi, eureka!