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Mourning Dress and accessories. During the Victorian era through the early 20th century, mourning ritual and dress were observed for six months to a year. The etiquette of how to dress, in terms of clothing and jewelry was observed by American and British alike,


Half-Mourning Dress: 1872-74, American, silk. "This half mourning dress shows the care with which additional colors were implemented in mourning attire with the white accents carefully placed to not overwhelm the black and create a visually appealing transitional garment."


Circa 1877 Mourning dress in two pieces (back), black silk faille embroidered in black with decorative lacing, via

from The Pennington Edition

Morbid History : The Victorian Art of Mourning

It's eerie, but there is a beauty about it. I think it's lovely how much the Victorians honored the dead.