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El Armario de Lady Marlo: Joyería de luto. Mourning jewelry
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.
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.
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.