Displaying more than 70 outfits, this new exhibition explores shopping and style in Liverpool during the interwar years.
The exhibition offers new insight into Liverpool’s wealthy Tinne family, showcasing clothing and accessories purchased by Mrs Emily Margaret Tinne (1886-1966).
The Tinne Collection is the largest collection of a single person’s clothing in any UK gallery. The exhibition features daywear, evening dresses, outdoor wear, underwear and accessories, including jewellery, shoes, handbags and an impressive selection of hats. Much of the clothing dates from 1910 to 1939, reflecting the changing styles of the period.
In addition to Emily Tinne’s clothing, it features costumes belonging to her children as well as outfits worn by the family’s servants. The gallery has also been given access to a large number of letters written by members of the Tinne family, revealing new information about their lives.
Central to the show is a focus on the Liverpool ladies’ outfitters and department stores where many of the outfits were purchased, including Cripps on Bold Street, the Bon Marché and George Henry Lee’s on Church Street and Basnett Street, Owen Owen Ltd in Clayton Square and Lewis’s on Ranelagh Street.