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Death Becomes Her: Mourning Costume Exhibit at the Met

Last fall I took a trip to New York, where I was lucky to see the just-closed Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, called “Death Becomes Her.”

The exhibit was relatively small, but not TOO small, and it was full of a lot of stunning items. Here’s a few thoughts!

There were tons of stunning details, which is even MORE intriguing to me when it’s in all black, because they’re so subtle. Check out these spangled rosettes on a hem!

Not a great picture, but this sheer hat was so delicate, especially with the stripped feathers as trim.

This dress (and mannequin) was so short and wide that I knew immediately it must have belonged to Queen Victoria… and I was right!

I LOVED this late 1860s dress. It’s such a great silhouette, and the ivory just makes things pop.

I have loved these natural form dresses since I first saw them in early Met publications, and I’d really like to try to make one someday. They were incredibly hard to photograph.

Here’s a closeup, in which you can hopefully see the beautiful and deliberate way in which the skirt fabric was tucked and tacked.

One or both these were half-mourning dresses owned by Queen Alexandra, and they were SO stunning. Both the purple/mauve colors and the sparkle. I don’t get terribly excited about Edwardian, but this evening style really is gorgeous.

The 1820s were NOT a great decade fashion-wise (imho), but they sure did make some stunning padded trims. Love the texture contrast, too.

You can see all of my photos from the exhibit in this public Facebook album.

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