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#DeathBecomesHer Gallery View. | The exhibition "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire," on view through February 1, 2015, explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Approximately thirty 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. #Halloween

Dress, ca. 1842. American. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jacqueline Loewe Fowler Costume Collection, Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 1983 (1983.478)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, item C.I.40.173.2; 1805-10 silk dress, italian

Dress (fabric detail), 1817, Italian, silk. In The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection. (Pictures of full dress and more details are available on the museum website.)