I recently visited the ‘Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
It featured some of the vintage gems owned by Liverpool lady and doctor’s wife Emily Tinne, between 1910-1940. Emily was born in India and moved to Liverpool as a teenager, where she met her husband Dr Philip Fredrick Tinne. He was from a very wealthy family of sugar merchants and ship owners, which meant Emily didn’t have to work and spent her time shopping and doing charity work. When Emily died, she left more than 700 garments of which, some were on display in this exhibition.
Emily had many garments made by a local dress maker, Mrs Taylor, and also enjoyed shopping at places such as George Henry Lee & Co and Bon Marche. Her favourite shop was the famous Liverpool department store Owen and Owen.
This silk satin evening dress, with no sleeves and a dipped back was very revealing for the time it would have been worn. The poster next to it stated it was probably never worn as Emily’s husband wouldn’t have approved!
This cotton and Rayon day dress was one of only a few shop bought casual dresses that survived from the 20s/30s wardrobe of Emily. As they were worn day in day out and weren’t considered special enough to keep its brilliant that we get to view it today. It’s basically like something what we would buy from say Topshop today. Apparently, Emily used to buy the same casual dresses in each colour – girl after my own heart.
This red silk dress is typical of the late 1920s with its dropped waist and muted tones. It was believed to be one of Emily’s favourite colours.
I enjoyed the exhibition and just wish it would have had a bit more prominence in the gallery and a few more items. What I wouldn’t give to go through the 700 items….
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