A Sweet Life

Fashion in a Liverpool sugar merchant's family

 Detail of black dress with white trim

The main exhibition has now closed but a selection of items are still on display in the Costume Room.

9 April 2009 to 7 March 2010

Free admission

This exhibition showcases some of the highlights of the enormous Tinne Collection of clothing.

Whole wardrobes of clothes, as worn by one family over many years, are very rare, especially one of this size which includes more than 700 items.

The Tinne Collection of clothes, worn by a Liverpool lady, Emily Tinne, and her six children between about 1910 and 1940, is just such a rare survivor.

The collection was previously seen in the exhibition A Passion for Fashion, held at the Walker Art Gallery in 2006. Since then a huge collection of the family's letters has come to light, giving a fascinating insight into their lifestyle. Excerpts are included in this new exhibition to give a flavour of their lifestyle and of the period.

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