Victorian Edwardian John Redfern Womens Wool Dress Trained 2pc Suit Skirt & Coat For SaleThis is a most amazing Victorian outfit by John Redfern (please see more info on John Redfern below). The fabric is a light green and feels like a Wool/Silk combo. Garment has a combination of machine and hand stitching. The jacket has a semi pointed collar, long cuffed sleeves (trimmed in lace) which are gathered at shoulder, and a tiered cape-like covering. Front of jacket has large pointed lapels? which have silk velvet, soutache trim and handmade buttons. Underneath this layer is cream colored silk velvet with purple and cream soutache trim. There are 12 hook and eyes down front, 2 large handmade buttons at waist. Jacket has princess line seams and pleating throughout. Details galore! Center back vent 31". Edging in jacket is hand cut zigzag pattern. Bodice in jacket is lined with heavy cream silk satin. Label reads "HM The Queen, Redfern DRESS & HABIT MAKER, 568 FIFTH AVENUE NEW YORK, NEWPORT R.I., H.R.H. PRINCESS OF WALES".Trained Skirt has almost 1/2" waistband with 1-1/4" wide "belt" which closes in front side with 2 hooks. Many detailed designs incorporated into skirt. Seven hook and eyes down side back. Edging inside skirt is hand cut scalloped pattern. Original silk lining is shredded however I can include if you want. Measurements:Jacket bust-approx 32"
Shoulder to shoulder-approx 11"
Sleeve length-20-1/2" without lace
Back of neck to hem-51"Skirt waist-23"
Waist to hem in front-40-1/2"
Waist to hem in back-49"
Hem circumference-192"Garment weighs almost 7 lbs.Condition: Lining in jacket is starting to split. Although fabric which is present is sturdy, there are many scattered moth holes in garment, especially near hem and areas where fabric is thinned but not holed. Soutache trim has come apart from fabric in some areas. Buttons on front need to be reattached. Skirt waistband is weak (a lot of moth holes) and actually appears as though it was attached to a top which is not present. Hemline has dirt. Needs to be aired out.FROM WIKIPEDIA-"Redfern & Sons (later Redfern Ltd), was a British couture house, (open c.1850 to 1932; 1936–40) founded in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. By the 1890s it had branches in London, Paris, Edinburgh, and New York.
John Redfern (11 November 1820 - 22 November 1895) started out as a tailor in Cowes in 1855. With the support of his sons, Ernest and Charles Poynter Redfern (1853-1929), John Redfern opened a salon in London in 1881, followed by shops in New York and Rhode Island in 1884-85, and by 1891, there were Redfern & Sons branches in Edinburgh and Paris.Ernest ran the London and New York branches, whilst Charles, and later, John Poynter Redfern, ran the Paris salon. From 1892, when Redfern's sons took control of the business, the house became known as Redfern Ltd. Redfern Ltd. eventually closed in 1932, briefly reopened in 1936, and closed again in 1940.
By 1871 Redfern had expanded his tailoring business to include the design and sale of silk dresses and mourning dress. During that decade Redfern & Sons began offering clothing specifically for sport, with tailored garments for women who rode, played tennis, went yachting, and did archery.
Although intended for specific sporting pursuits, these clothes were
adopted as everyday wear by their clients, making Redfern probably the
first sportswear designer. In 1879 the house created a dress in jersey which was worn by Lillie Langtry who became known as the 'Jersey lily' (from her birthplace in Jersey. In 1888, Redfern became Dressmaker By Royal Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and H.R.H. The Princess of Wales.
Redfern Ltd. is one of the designers credited with helping popularise the high-waisted so-called Grecian style of 1908. At this time, and into the early 1910s, the house's designs were often illustrated in La Gazette du Bon Ton with six leading Paris designers of the day –Madeleine Cheruit, Georges Doeuillet, Jacques Doucet, Jeanne Paquin, Paul Poiret, and the House of Charles Worth. In 1916 Redfern created the first women's uniform for the Red Cross."Please email with any questions and I am helping a local seller liquidate a collection of men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories from 1930 and prior....lots of stuff...lace, buttons, parasols, undergarments, hats, antique fashion publications, etc.... More to come! If you are looking for something in particular, please feel free to contact me and I will try to list those items first. Be sure to add me to your favorites list! *INTERNATIONAL buyers-PLEASE NOTE*-I am signed up for Global Shipping Program. If you are interested in having me ship item directly, please email me ahead and I will see what I can do (in most instances, shipping to Canada is easy direct), however, keep in mind at end of sale, if we are not going to utilize GLOBAL SHIPPING, YOU NEED TO REQUEST AN INVOICE FROM ME as the invoice generated automatically includes Global shipping fees, etc, if item qualifies. If you pay that, I cannot get you out of it until the item is delivered, which means you will have to pay up front twice for shipping and then get refund after delivery if you want shipped direct. Also, I am not able to mark parcels as GIFTS or for less value than sold for for customs, so please do not ask. Lastly, I have to send items Express in some instances because it is the only way to provide the tracking required by PayPal. If you know of a way to ship for less, I am open to suggestions as I am not an expert on International Shipping and may not be aware of something you know.On Jul-19-13 at 09:44:36 PDT, seller added the following information:
I tried adding as many pictures as I could initially of garment, but limits you to 12. I finally figured out how to add more. Here are close ups of damage so you can see exactly. Please look carefully and closely. Thank you . Please email with any questions.
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