The Museum of Lydia Grace is a digital exhibition featuring part of The Amelia’s millinery collection. The exhibition has been co-curated by The Amelia and the London College of Fashion, and is kindly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The History of Lydia Grace in Tunbridge Wells
Hats have a practical purpose and over time have been worn to signify social status, formality, and occasion. This exhibition explores how the hats that were showcased in the ’Lydia Grace’ shop in Tunbridge Wells were also clever material communicators for women to express artistic ideas, fashionable credentials, playfulness, and glamour.
An early female entrepreneur, Kathleen ‘Katie’ Judd, opened Lydia Grace Millinery in 1906. Situated on Monson Road in Tunbridge Wells, the shop was named after Katie’s eldest daughter and sold a wide range of both traditional and fashionable headwear for women. As well as sourcing in desirable designs from further afield, many designs were created by the Lydia Grace team, and the business was exclusively run by women until it closed in 1996. Some of the hats shown in this exhibition were either on display or sold in Katie’s shop. Other hats were purchased locally or donated to The Amelia by local women.
Courtesy of The Amelia’s collection
Curatorial and Web design
Julie Hawksworth (The Amelia)
Tirosh Yellin (London College Of Fashion)
Regan Shepherd (RS Design London)
Izzy Schreiber (London College Of Fashion)
Gabriellla Bianca (London College Of Fashion)
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