Death Becomes Her: Watch This Fascinating Report On The History Of Black Mourning Wear

by • November 3, 2014 • Fashion, HistoryComments (0)2879

What is the significance of wearing black during periods of mourning?  And where and how did the tradition begin in the first place?  These questions are answered in a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Entitled “Death Becomes Her: A Century Of Mourning Attire“, the “Costume Institute exhibition explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Approximately thirty ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.”  The exhibition is open now until February 1, 2015, and CBS Sunday Morning got an inside look at the show.  You can watch the report in full above. 

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