Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe

A Liverpool Lady’s Clothes, 1910-1940

17 November 2012 - 30 March 2014

Free entry 

Maternity dress, tussah silk, about 1920-25. Day dress, cotton and rayon crepe, about 1930-32. Evening dress, figured silk velvet, diamanté clasp, about 1925-28. Dinner dress, machine-made lace and silk crepe, about 1934-36. Evening dress, rayon crepe and machine-made lace, about 1935-36. Evening coat, silk velvet and angora rabbit fur, bought from George Henry Lee & Co Ltd, Basnett Street, Liverpool, about 1930-36


'Mrs Tinne's Wardrobe' is a must for fans of vintage gowns and stunning costume from the early 20th century.

This display from the Tinne collection features 14 outfits, 10 of which have never been on public display before.

Whole wardrobes of clothes, as worn by one family over many years, are very rare. The Tinne collection of clothes, worn by a Liverpool doctor’s wife, Emily Tinne, and her children, is probably unique.

There are more than 700 items in the collection and Emily's huge wardrobe provides an insight into a long-vanished part of Liverpool’s past, between about 1910 and 1940.

Highlights from the display include a chic velvet and diamanté evening dress, a velvet evening coat with a dramatic fur collar and a rare maternity dress from about 1920. 

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