Anna Wintour's next met exhibition, Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.

Is Death Having a Fashion Moment?

Fantasy Grandma--not sure if we want to go the Black Widow route and do some mourning shroud with like an evil twist or.

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Morbid History : The Victorian Art of Mourning

Though one cannot help but think of the heartbreaking reason why mourning clothing was called for, there is an undeniable beauty to these darkly hued Victorian fashions

Mourning dress.  Empress Elizabeth of Austria kniwn as Sissi

Mourning Dress and Veil: circa moiré satin, trim. Belonged to Empress Elisabeth of Austria (SiSi) who went into mourning after the death of her only son.

Mourning ensemble Date: ca. 1870 Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: 2009.300.633a–c

Mourning ensemble, ca 1870 US, Black mourning dress reached its peak during the reign of Queen Victoria Queen Victoria wore mourning from the death of her husband, Prince Albert. She popularized black mourning clothes.

Black mourning dress reached its peak during the reign of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) of the United Kingdom in the second half of the 19th century. Queen Victoria wore mourning from the death of her husband, Prince Albert (1819-1861), until her own death. With these standards in place, it was considered a social requisite to don black from anywhere between three months to two and a half years while grieving for a loved one or monarch. The stringent social custom existed for all classes.

Mourning ensemble, ca 1870 US, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Black mourning dress reached its peak during the reign of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom in the second half of the century.

A Victorian mourning dress from the late 1800s. The wearer would have been past the fist stage of mourning when shiny fabrics like taffeta were not allowed.

"A Victorian mourning dress from the late The wearer would have been past the fist stage of mourning when shiny fabrics like taffeta were not allowed.

It's eerie, but there is a beauty about it. I think it's lovely how much the Victorians honored the dead.

Morbid History : The Victorian Art of Mourning

HALF MOURNING DRESS 1898

Mourning the dead is not like it is now. There were very strict and formal rules for those in mourning. By the century mourning behavior in England had developed into a complex set of rules, especially with the upper …

Mourning Dress 1872-74, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met

Mourning Dress Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met

Mourning ensemble by L Monney, 1907 US, the Museum at FIT    Black silk crape-anglaise, silk chiffon, wood

Mourning ensemble by L Monney, 1907 US, the Museum at FIT Black silk crape-anglaise, silk chiffon, wood

This Victorian-era ensemble (estimated from 1870 to 1872) features the black hue, modest silhouette, and shrouding veil typical of mourning attire at the time

New Costume Institute exhibit to explore Victorian mourning fashions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute is hosting a fall exhibition for the first time in seven years, and it will be a decidedly somber affair. Announced today, the show focuses on Victorian and Edwardian mourning fashions.

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