|Label from walking dress, 1885-1888; MMA 49.3.32d (OASC)|
Not long after, possibly because of this celebrity patronage, Redfern was able to open a salons in London and send an employee, Charles Poynter (later taking the name Charles Poynter Redfern), to open one in Paris. (Twentieth century sources conflict over which was opened first - both are given in various books as opening in 1881. Perhaps they opened in the same year.) From this point, Redfern & Sons began to appear in fashion magazines, usually in mentions of tailor-made outfits and in conjunction with titled clients. By 1882, they were Tailors by Appointment to the Princess of Wales, and by 1885, to Queen Victoria, Maria Feodorovna, Queen Emma of the Netherlands, and numerous others as well, and they also had a third salon in New York City.
|Redfern designs, Harper's Bazar, Sept. 17, 1887|
|"New Redfern Dress", To-Day, April 1895|
|"Costume at Cowes, by Messrs. Redfern", Cassell's Family Magazine, August 1895|
|"Redfern Dinner Gown", Godey's, February 1896|
|"Pannier dress of gray cachemire de soie by Redfern, Paris", Dry Goods Economist, July 1909|
|Garden party dress from Redfern, Gazette du Bon Ton, April 1913|
|Both from Harper's Bazar, March 1916|
I leave you with an adorable short story from the early 1900s, "Miss Brown's Baggage", in which a Redfern dress plays a part.