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,
Formal court mourning dress of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, made by Fanni Scheiner, dated after 1877. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien / Wagenburg und Monturdepot. Photos: (Top): Joshua Greene; (Bottom): Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Bodice of black satin trimmed with Chantilly lace and jet bead embroidery, black satin skirt with bustle and train, black lace bonnet and black velvet veil-mask edged with black lace.