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Evening clothes

The most noticeable thing about Emily Tinne's evening wear is that it is mainly black, with the occasional flash of silver, pink or blue. It's thought that Emily had once put on mourning dress for a family member and found black so easy to wear that she wore it ever after.

Black was indeed a fashionable colour for evening dress at that time, but it was also flattering to a woman with a fuller figure.

Emily's black silk evening dress, made by Henry Darling & Co. of Edinburgh in about 1910, shows how slim she was around the time of her marriage. By 1930, however, she had had seven children and probably found black helpful in disguising her changing body shape.

Emily's favourite fabrics for eveningwear can be seen here. She especially liked silk velvets, machine-made laces and silk crepe sewn with glass bugle beads.

It's not known exactly where she wore all these wonderful creations. Emily and Philip Tinne did not socialise much, owing to his regular evening surgery. Like many people of their class, they may have dressed for dinner at home every evening.