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March 31, 2015


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Lucy Allen

I am really interested in your research into 19th century women's sportswear as I have just discovered a family link to Charles Pennington Poynter (1853-1929, who used the name Charles Poynter (dit)Redfern). John Redfern's business, originally based in Cowes in the Isle of Wight had specialised in sportwear and Charles was employed as a tailor and then opened and ran the Paris branch of Redfern's in Rue de Rivoli in 1881. I think I read elsewhere that the Amazone style was attributed to him ?

FIDM Museum

Hi Lucy,

We are happy to tell you our Sportswear exhibition is set for 2019 - so you will get a chance to see much more from the Museum's collection! Currently, we have three Redfern in the collection, one of which is a tailored promenade gown that will be in the exhibition. You should check Susan North's articles in Costume, she has done fantastic research on Redfern.

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