Outdoor clothes

Many of Emily Tinne's coats and other outdoor garments, a selection of which can be seen in the image gallery below, are made of fur. There are also several wool coats, like the one displayed in the exhibition, that are heavily trimmed with fur.

Some of the most popular furs worn during the 1920s and 1930s can be seen here, including rabbit, seal and beaver, as well as the more exotic antelope. Emily had other examples in her wardrobe, including squirrel, sable, fox and Persian lamb.

Despite having a wide range of expensive fur coats, she hardly ever wore any of them. Her family believe that she bought many of them during the Depression, so that Liverpool's poorly-paid shop assistants could receive the much-needed commission on the sale.

Emily's evening capes, like her evening dresses, reveal her taste for the glamorous. Some of them, like the black velvet rabbit fur-trimmed creation, would have suited a Hollywood star rather than a suburban doctor's wife.

Image gallery