18th century mourning

This last month there’s been a lots of focus on historical mourning among the blog community.
I think it is safe to say the two main reasons are the “Death becomes her” exhibition from The Mets, and Halloween.

My reason for this post are definitely Halloween.

A few months ago I was invited to a 18th century Halloween party taking place mid November, and called for 18th century mourning wear. And since I didn’t own anything suitable I decided to make something.

Here are the 18th century mourning/half mourning/black dresses that I found circling the internet.

ec826006cc6f4d9f289aceb6de6f26a5I think I’ve read some wear that this is Marie Antoinettes mother Maria Theresa – is that right?


Suknia (1)



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hämta (3)



mourning dress



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Digital Capture

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I should probably mention that I never had the time to make the mourning gown I wanted, but I did attend the Party (wearing an old gown), which I will tell you about in my next post.

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