Another mourning gown. I like the embroidered detailing on this dress and the use of different fabrics, like the satin at the waist and the silk/organza fabric.

Another mourning gown. I like the embroidered detailing on this dress and the use of different fabrics, like the satin at the waist and the silk/organza fabric.

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

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

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

Paris, 4th June 1906

Edwardian street style: Astonishing amateur images which capture the fashion of women in London and Paris over a century ago

Bad colour obviously!  But nice shaping for mom's possibly?? Thought it might blend with the empire waist daughter?

Bad colour obviously! But nice shaping for mom's possibly?? Thought it might blend with the empire waist daughter?

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

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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