Red velvet coat with deep shawl collar

New Zealand Knitted Wear was founded in 1928 by Arthur Briggs Joplin. Also manufacturing under the label Braemorn, the company produced award-winning garments until it closed in 1978. This coat carries a fabric label and often the quality of the fabric was as much a consideration as the design. The coat is made with Velour Miracle, a silicone-treated velvet developed in France in about 1956 in order to mitigate velvet's frailties - its susceptibility to damage from water and other spillage. This coat is similar to another Braemorn coat in blue velvet, but with a different style of collar. 


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Fiona Beggs and Shelley Jones
Copyright: CC BY 4.0 International Licence
Designer: Unknown
Maker: New Zealand Knitted Wear
Manufacturing location: 73 Lorne Street, Auckland
Garment type: Coat
Material: Velours Miracle - Wonder Silicone Velvet
Features: This edge-to-edge coat has vented pockets and a shawl collar with a deep fluted edge.
Colour: Red
Label: Braemorn
Date: Circa 1958