Death Becomes Her: The Newest Installation at the Met

by Victoria Fourman

The latest installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center explores the theme of mourning wear during the Victorian era. It features the various mourning garments of men, women, and children during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire began on October 20 and will run until February 1, 2015. The exhibit is organized chronologically and features roughly 30 ensembles, according to the Met’s website. In addition to the costumes, the exhibit showcases mourning jewelry, Gibson girl drawings, and a glimpse into the popular Victorian phenomenon of post-mortem photography. The exhibit examines cultural and societal forces behind mourning attire as well as the spread in popularity of such costumes. One final interesting touch includes the projection onto the walls of quotes from the time period regarding the effects of mourning attire. If you’re interested in history and/or fashion, you’ll definitely want to check this out.

Victoria Fourman is a first year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing
Photo courtesy of Victoria Fourman 

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