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

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

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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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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.

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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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Full mourning attire, photographed circa 1860. I'm surprised she isn't wearing black gloves.

Full mourning attire, photographed circa 1860. I'm surprised she isn't wearing black gloves.

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1890-1893 formal day dress, probably half-mourning, by designer Sara Mayer & A. Morhanger (Paris France). via The Victoria & Albert Museum.

1890-1893 formal day dress, probably half-mourning, by designer Sara Mayer & A. Morhanger (Paris France). via The Victoria & Albert Museum.

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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.

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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V& A Museum, item no T.73-2010.  Mourning Dress, Scotland (Britain): c1823-1825, silk velvet, with silk satin piping and appliqué. "The death of Princess Charlotte in 1817, the only child of George IV plunged the whole country into mourning & set the high standards for mourning dress"

V& A Museum, item no T.73-2010. Mourning Dress, Scotland (Britain): c1823-1825, silk velvet, with silk satin piping and appliqué. "The death of Princess Charlotte in 1817, the only child of George IV plunged the whole country into mourning & set the high standards for mourning dress"

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