Mourning Gown ~ ca.1910 ~ Silk and lace ~ Hallwyl Museum, Sweden

Circa 1877 Mourning dress in two pieces (back), black silk faille embroidered in black with decorative lacing, via gdfalksen.com.

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Mourning dress in two pieces, black silk faille embroidered in black with decorative lacing c. 1877

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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

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Stunning Gown! Dress, 1887, American, silk, Label: White Howard Co., 25 W. 16th St., New York.

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Mourning Dress and accessories. During the Victorian era through the early 20th century, mourning ritual and dress were observed for six months to a year. The etiquette of how to dress, in terms of clothing and jewelry was observed by American and British alike,

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

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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.

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