A Sweet Life: Fashion in a Liverpool sugar merchant’s family
April 2009 – Spring 2010
A new exhibition gives a fascinating insight into the family life of Emily Tinne – the lady whose amazing wardrobe of clothes reflects a vanished world between 1910 and 1940. 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.
A Sweet Life: Fashion in a Liverpool sugar merchant’s family at Sudley House uses unpublished family letters to reveal the day-to-day life of Mrs Tinne, her wealthy general practitioner husband Philip and their six children.
The exhibition features 21 day, evening, outdoor and children’s outfits from probably the largest surviving collection of period clothes from one person’s wardrobe in Britain. There are also two cases of accessories on display.
The huge collection of letters from the 1920s to the 1950s recently came to light. Family members wrote to each other frequently, showing a close and loving relationship between parents and children – Elspeth, Ernest, Bertha, Helen, Alexine and Philip.