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The 'Black Ascot' after the death of HM King Edward VII in 1910

Mourning Style At the Met

Mourning is something we are still uncomfortable with because it confronts the honest, painful, gut-wrenching side of death that we try desperately to ignore. Yet it is front and center in Death Becomes Her, the Met’s first fall exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center Galleries, which chronicles the trajectory of mourning wear from 1815-1915. Rarely do we see such imposing proof of our mortality like the outfits showcased here – pulled from the Brooklyn Museum’s archives and devoid of any living bodies within.

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