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Savage Style

Costumes from Lily's wardrobe

4 November 2011 - 19 February 2012

Free admission

Highlights

Bingo-themed evening dress, holographic sequins on a cotton and polyester ground, the collar and bow of printed rayon satin, made by Martin Taylor, 1999. Evening dress, velvet devoré with black polyester highlights and marabou feather trim, made by Martin Taylor, 2005. Sequined skirt suit, snow leopard design, made by Martin Taylor, 1995. Panto outfit, worn by the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, sequined evening dress and matching headdress of cock's feathers, made by Martin Taylor, 2003-2004. Panto outfit, worn by the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, holographic sequins on a cotton and polyester ground, made by Martin Taylor, 2004-2005. Sequined mini dress, cotton and lycra mix, 1995 'Evil' jacket, quilted rayon satin and diamanté pastes, made by Martin Taylor, 2001.


'Savage Style: Costumes from Lily's Wardrobe' features seven sensational costumes worn by actor Paul O'Grady's alter ego Lily Savage for the first time. There are also four outfits on display at the Museum of Liverpool. |

Lily Savage, a single mother-of-two notorious for her acid tongue and shop-lifting, was created by Birkenhead-born O'Grady in the late 1970s. The costumes were worn during many stage and TV appearances.

Lily's trademark wardrobe of mini-skirts and ball gowns, dominated by animal prints and sequins, delighted audiences bowled over by this outrageous character.

Paul O'Grady began his comedy career after moving to London to become a social worker. He created Lily on the pub and club circuit in his spare time. His 'Blonde Bombsite' character had attracted a devoted following of fans by the early 1980s.

Lily also appeared in musicals and pantomime, her best-known role being the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She officially retired to a French convent in 2004 before Paul brought her back to play Widow Twankey in Aladdin at Christmas 2010.

Paul O'Grady

Paul is a comedian, TV and radio presenter, actor and writer. Since the retirement of the Lily Savage character, he has appeared on numerous television programmes.