I'd love to see this exhibit that opened October 21 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning will run from now until February 1, 2015.
Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire,
The Costume Institute’s first fall exhibition in seven years, is on
view in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center
from October 21, 2014, through February 1, 2015. The exhibition
explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning
fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Approximately 30
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 thematic exhibition is organized chronologically and features
mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, primarily from The Costume Institute’s
collection. The calendar of bereavement’s evolution and cultural
implications are illuminated through women’s clothing and accessories,
showing the progression of appropriate fabrics from mourning crape to
corded silks, and the later introduction of color with shades of gray