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1867 American mourning dress. [Metropolitan Museum of Art] Another cotton example, very plain with lovely flounces at the bottom, and tight, trim sleeves. More gathering in the bodice than pleating as well, an interesting construction choice.
Jet-beaded black silk mourning dress by Charlotte Duclos, French, ca. 1910. The elaborate but subtle beading on this mourning dress would have shimmered when new. The asymmetry of the charmeuse panel is indicative of the high fashion of the period. An example of extremely chic mourning attire for the evening, it features an element of subtle exposure: the beaded underpanel hidden by the charmeuse would have been revealed with the movement of the wearer.
Mourning Dress Date: ca. 1883 Culture: American Medium: silk, jet Accession Number: 1979.346.53 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Victorian Mourning Gown Front View 1880's original mourning gown. Gown images courtesy of time-travelers antiques on ebay. "A most becoming original circa 1880 lady's black silk taffeta 2 piece bustled and trained mourning dress that is a very good example of a woman not sacrificing style at the time of mourning.
Mourning Dress Date: 1894 Culture: British Medium: silk This dress was once worn by Queen Victoria (1819-1901) of the United Kingdom, as documented in an 1894 photograph of the Queen holding her great-grandson, Edward VIII (1894-1972). The simple white trim and minimal use of crinkled crepe on the dress indicate a state of half mourning, although it is 33 years after her husband's death.