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Mourning outfit

Period:
19th Century
Description:

During Victorian times black clothes were worn by next of kin at the funeral and for a year after the death.  Different etiquette applied for men and women, and according to kinship.

 

This outfit of skirt and jacket illustrates the fashion of the day for a woman in full mourning.  Colour, such as purple or dark green may be introduced after a year.

Materials/Media:
silk, beads, cotton, jet beads, lace
Dimensions:
skirt:L:1250mm; waist:600mm; jacket:L:610mm; waist 880mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 1988.555 (bodice) WIWMS 1988.536 (skirt)
Digital Number:
SRCL025a-d
Creation Date:
1890s
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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