Mourning Attire in the 19th and 20th Centuries

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently showing the exhibition Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire. According to The Guardian, it traces "the evolution of mourning garments through the 19th and 20th centuries." I've mentioned the exhibition on this blog before, but now I can post more photos from the retrospective.

All images are courtesy of The Guardian, Newsweek, The New Republic, Time, The Daily Beast, and New York Magazine

Detail of a Victorian mourning dress
A black straw and silk mouring hat from around 1915.


Mourning dresses

Mourning dresses


Mourning dresses


Mourning dresses

Evening dress, ca. 1861



Mourning Dress, 1902-1904


Mourning dresses


Mourning dress


Evening Dress, 1902

Evening dresses


Brooches from the 1850s and 1860s, filled with human hair


A mourning parasol made of silk, wood and tortoiseshell.
Actor Pola Negri (centre) is supported by friends at Rudolph Valentino’s funeral.

Marlene Dietrich at Edith Piaf’s funeral.

Racegoers at Royal Ascot in 1910, after the death of Edward VII. It became known as ‘Black Ascot’.
Jacqueline Kennedy in the funeral procession for her husband, JFK.

Crown Princess Michiko wearing mourning clothing after meditating before Emperor Hirohito’s coffin.

Queen Victoria after the death of her daughter,Princess Alice, with Alice’s husband and children.