Shimmer and Shine: Beaded Evening Dresses, 1920-1940

This exhibition showcases 14 dresses from the decades that brought about some of the most glamorous garments ever created in the Craft and Design Gallery.

Visitors will see some of the beaded and sequined dresses that were incredibly popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Many of them were manufactured in France and exported throughout Europe. Such dazzling creations offered a stark contrast to the practical clothing adopted by women during the First World War.

One sequined evening dress from the 1930s belonged to Mrs Jane Moreton, neé Wilde (1900-1986), daughter of the Chief Officer on the Titanic, Henry Tingle Wilde, who perished with the ship in 1912. Jane married wealthy businessman Henry Stafford Moreton. Her busy social life, linked to Henry’s business, gave her the opportunity to wear such striking and fashionable clothing.


Caption: Ankle-length dress in black silk tulle decorated with rhinestones and beads, 1920-1930. Museo del Traje. Author: Madeleine Vionnet


Further information:
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • Location  Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL
  • How to get there By train: Liverpool Lime Street – Wirral and national services, Moorfields station – Northern line services (Southport – Hunts Cross), Liverpool Central – Wirral and Northern line services; By car: the Walker is in the city centre, close to the entrance to the Queensway Tunnel and Lime Street Station – follow the directions to Liverpool Lime St station where there is a car park just opposite the Walker Art Gallery in William Brown Street; By bus: nearest bus stations are Queens Square bus station and Liverpool One bus station
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