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

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

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

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

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Two ladies in deep mourning. Every item they wore would be black & there would be no jewellery except for a wedding ring. ~M x

Two ladies in deep mourning. Every item they wore would be black & there would be no jewellery except for a wedding ring. ~M x

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Formal court mourning dress of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, made by Fanni Scheiner, dated after 1877. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien / Wagenburg und Monturdepot. Photos: (Top): Joshua Greene; (Bottom): Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Bodice of black satin trimmed with Chantilly lace and jet bead embroidery, black satin skirt with bustle and train, black lace bonnet and black velvet veil-mask edged with black lace.

Formal court mourning dress of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, made by Fanni Scheiner, dated after 1877. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien / Wagenburg und Monturdepot. Photos: (Top): Joshua Greene; (Bottom): Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Bodice of black satin trimmed with Chantilly lace and jet bead embroidery, black satin skirt with bustle and train, black lace bonnet and black velvet veil-mask edged with black lace.

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