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Bootle’s May Queen

2 May 2016 by Laura

Girl in white dress

Edna May Fairweather, 1931

You must wake and call me early, call me early, mother dear;
To-morrow ’ll be the happiest time of all the glad new-year,—
Of all the glad new-year, mother, the maddest, merriest day;
For I ’m to be Queen o’ the May, mother, I ’m to be Queen o’ the May.

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Pin curls and paintings

10 February 2016 by Ann

Illustration by W. A Brown courtesy of Mrs G Harrand

Illustration by W. A Brown courtesy of Mrs G Harrand

The striking 1930s evening dresses from the Putting on the Glitz exhibition would not have been complete when originally worn without a beautiful hairstyle to finish the look.  This half term, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is hosting a unique event in partnership with Andrew Collinge Hairdressing to show the modern woman and man how dressing to impress really should be done.

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Glitz and glamour at the Lady Lever

8 October 2015 by Lisa

1930s sequinned dress.

Sequinned evening dress that belonged to Mrs Jane Moreton, the daughter of the Chief Officer on the Titanic, Henry Tingle Wilde.

Are you a fan of classic Hollywood movies from the 1930s? If so, you’ll love ‘Putting on the Glitz’, the new exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. There will be 20 outfits on display that wouldn’t look out of place in a film starring Bette Davis or Joan Crawford. Here’s Pauline Rushton, Curator of Costume and Textiles, to tell us about her favourite gown from the exhibition:  Read more…

Liverpool Pride – Love is no crime

31 July 2015 by Paula

Liverpool Pride March 2013 St Georges Quarter

Liverpool Pride March 2013 St Georges Quarter © David Munn

This Saturday, 1 August, the annual Liverpool Pride festival takes place celebrating the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities (LGBT).

Liverpool Pride takes on a different theme every year and now, at its sixth annual event, in 2015 focuses on ‘Love Is No Crime’. Read more…

Golden Wedding celebrations at the Museum of Liverpool

8 June 2015 by Kay

couple by museum display

Cliff and Norma Longfoot in front of Norma’s dress in the Museum of Liverpool

Norma and Cliff Longfoot, along with their son Phillip, paid an extra special visit to the Museum of Liverpool to help celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary – as Norma’s wedding dress on display in The People’s Republic gallery!

The couple were married 50 years ago on 5 June, 1965 at County Road Methodist Church, Walton.

They had met two years earlier at a dance in the Mersey Mission to Seamen. Read more…

21st century design inspired by the past

19 March 2015 by Lisa

Porcelain letters with screen printed phrases

Porcelain envelopes with screen printed phrases by Faye Johnson.

A new display by design students from Liverpool Hope University has just gone on display at the Walker Art Gallery. ‘Back to the Future’ is a display of new work created by the students as a response to historic pieces in the collections of the Walker Art Gallery.  Read more…

How our Henry VIII portrait inspired ‘Wolf Hall’ costumes

28 January 2015 by Felicity

Image of The Walker Art Gallery's Henry VIII portrait

The Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait

The Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait is one of the most recognisable paintings in our collection. It is derived from the Whitehall Mural, painted by Hans Holbein in 1537.

But did you know that the portrait was used as inspiration for the costumes in BBC drama series, ‘Wolf Hall’?

Clare Vyse, Assistant Costume Designer for the program, tells us how portraits of the king proved to be an invaluable resource when designing his costumes:

“We used all the available portraiture when researching King Henry’s clothes for Wolf Hall, but Holbein’s paintings were particularly influential because his work is so clear and detailed – they are such a valuable resource.

The Henry in our story is younger and slimmer than the one in this portrait, but in later episodes he wears an outfit that is based on this very painting. Read more…

Last chance to see Downton dresses on display!

9 January 2015 by Felicity

Image showing a selection of dresses worn by some favourite characters from the series

A selection of dresses worn by some favourite characters from the show

If you haven’t made it to the Lady Lever Art Gallery to see Style from the Small Screen yet, then hurry! The exhibition closes on Sunday 18 January.

Featuring exquisite costumes from the incredibly popular television series, Downton Abbey, expect to step into an era of elegance and glamour. Read more…

Knitted swimwear – not as daft as you’d think!

18 August 2014 by Sam

old fashioned swimming costume

Wool serge bathing costume, 1910, frm the Tinne collection at the Walker Art Gallery

It’s that time of year again when many of us have been digging our cossies out from the back of the wardrobe ready for trips to the beach and holidays abroad. I bet that not many people will have a swimming costume quite as unusual as this one though. I have always been fascinated by it, ever since I first saw it in the Walker Art Gallery’s 2006 exhibition A Passion for Fashion: a Liverpool lady’s wardrobe.

This particular bathing costume, which dates from 1910, is made of wool serge. It was a great curiosity when it went on display at the Walker and many of us were doubtful about how practical it would be to wear in the water. We’re all so used to modern fabrics that the idea of a woolen cossie seemed completely impractical and uncomfortable. Read more…

Take a fresh look at the Walker Art Gallery

4 April 2014 by Lisa

Man looking at contemporary artThink you know the Walker Art Gallery? Well, we hope you’ll get a new perspective on our well-loved gallery after  watching this new video trailer! Read more…



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