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National Museums Liverpool has a large collection of Western European costume, numbering some 10,000 items and dating from about 1700 to the present day.

All aspects of male and female fashionable dress are represented, including indoor and outdoor clothing, underwear, shoes, hats and accessories. This collection is the responsibility of the Walker Art Gallery.

There is a similar-sized collection of Western European textiles, divided between the Walker Art Gallery and the Lady Lever Art Gallery | at Port Sunlight. These items include tapestries, embroideries, lace and household furnishings, dating from about 1600 to the present day.

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