Historical information

Raoul Couture was a high-end fashion house based in Flinders Lane from around 1955 until 1964. Established by designer Ralph Samuel, who also owned Hartnell of Melbourne (circa late 1940s-1971), Raoul was the business's premium label. The head designer was Leonard Legge, who later worked for Prue Acton. Brighton Historical Society holds a small collection of Hartnell and Raoul Couture garments, including a Gown of the Year Award-winning dress donated by Ralph Samuel.

Physical description

Red felted wool coat with red silk lining, fastening centre front with four large square-shaped buttons. Single vent/slit up centre back to waist. Loosely belted back with single button fastening.

Inscriptions & markings

Label, inner collar: "raoul couture / MELB"