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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…

Men in hats!

15 August 2011 by Lisa

Which country do you think is the most stylish? France? Italy? Japan? We reckon that Spain should be giving the rest of the world some pointers after seeing this fashionable crew of students who recently came to visit our Finishing Touch exhibition!

A group of male students in ladies hats

They would fit right in at the races, wouldn’t they?

The group visits Liverpool and the surrounding area every year and they decided to really get in the spirit of the exhibition by trying on the hats that are in the exhibition’s resource area. We think they look fab!

They were staying in the region for a month as part of an English language program and cultural experience and told our Curator of Decorative Arts, Alyson Pollard, that they thoroughly enjoyed their visit and are looking forward to coming back again soon. Read more…

We need photos of your flares!

10 August 2011 by Lisa

People in 1970s clothes

Lovely 1970s gear!

Ah flares. Make mine high-waisted in a dark blue denim please, with sailor-style buttons! (I still can’t quite say goodbye to my skinny jeans though.) Our upcoming exhibition at the Walker, ‘Feather cuts and flares’, will also be embracing 70s fashion by showing costume including bohemian pieces and shimmering glam rock platforms.

The clothes are ready to go on show but Dave Moffat, our Assistant Curator of Decorative Art, is on the look out for images to be used in the exhibition. Read more…

East meets West – a beautiful silk kimono on display

27 July 2011 by Lisa

Silk kimono from the early 20th century

This beautiful silk kimono is featured in our ‘Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911′ exhibition, because one of the paintings on show depicts a lady called Dorothy Reilly wearing it. Dorothy Reilly was the wife of Charles Reilly, who held the Roscoe Chair of Architecture at Liverpool’s University from 1904. Albert Lipczinski completed the painting during 1911-1913 so we can assume that the kimono is also from around the same time.

You can’t quite appreciate how amazing the detail is on it from these images but the glory is in the embroidery along the back, which includes birds, trees and even a turtle! Read more…

A helping hand in the dec arts department

3 June 2011 by Lisa

Here’s Caitlin Allan, one of our most recent volunteers, talking about her work experience in the Decorative Arts Department…


Caitlin in the Decorative Arts stores

My name is Caitlin and I have had my work experience at National Museums Liverpool for two weeks. In the first week I visited the Lady Lever Art Gallery for the first time. I was shown around the gallery and learned a lot about the story of the gallery and its collections. I was then asked to choose three pieces from the gallery that really caught my eye and to do some research on them and write up my findings. Read more…

These boots were made for walking…

6 May 2011 by Lisa

When shopping for footwear, there is nothing more satisfying than getting a new pair of boots. This vintage brown leather pair that I’m wearing today are a particular favourite of mine – you can see them here – a bit Victorian I like to think!

So you can imagine my excitement at being introduced to this fab pair of boots, which will be on display later this month at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. They will be shown as part of ‘The Finishing Touch’, an exhibition of women’s accessories from our collections, dating from 1830-1940. Read more…