Mourning in Edwardian and Post-War England

Mourning customs in Edwardian England toned down the excesses of the high Victorian period, and the toll of World War One hastened the decline of the elaborate parade of mourning. Nevertheless, most held fast to traditional periods of mourning and their accompanying accoutrements, even as the scarcity of material and the costs of mourning garb …

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The Little Black Dress

Inside the closet of any proper fashionable woman is a little black dress–that dependable, simple frock which looks both dressy and casual depending on the occasion. Though the color had long been associated with mourning, Edwardian couturiers, in quest of anything new and innovative, lately snatched upon the notion of wearing black in sumptuous day …

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