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Jacket - Kimono

From the Collection of Brighton Historical Society First Floor Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre (Old Brighton Town Hall) Corner Carpenter and Wilson Streets Brighton Victoria

Description
Pure silk black kimono with red silk lining. The kimono features floral and leaf motif machine embroidery in pale pink and green.
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Object Registration
T0108.1-2
Keywords
hooti couture, alligators, old mink and new money, new york, kimono, 1960s fashion, alison houtte, vintage clothing, di reidie
Historical information
In 2006 fellow BHS volunteer Liz Gay thoughtfully gave Di a copy of the book “Alligators, Old Mink and New Money” by Alison Houtte for Di’s upcoming trip to New York. Di was inspired to seek out Alison and her store “Hooti Couture” in New York and obtained her signature within the book along with this kimono. Unfortunately, this copy of the book was loaned to a friend and went missing but the BHS holds a replacement copy, without Alison’s signature.
When Made
c.1960s
Significance
Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection.
"Hooti Couture" was a family run vintage and secondhand clothing store at 321 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA. The author of the book "Alligators, Old Mink and New Money" (2005) Alison Houtte was an owner and operator of the store 1995 - 2015.

The late 2000's saw a rise in the popularity and prevalence of vintage fashions in the conventional fashion scene in Australia and internationally. This popularity has been long lasting with declines evident from c.2015
Inscriptions & Markings
"Made in Japan"
Last updated
2 Sep 2019 at 8:54PM