This month I have taken a look back into fashion and its relationship with wearing the colour black, after being inspired by the latest exhibition from the Met’s Costume Institute:
“DEATH BECOMES HER: A CENTURY OF MOURNING ATTIRE”
Today - Black is fashionable and loved here at S2 for everyday wear, but up until the 20th Century the colour black was only worn by those in mourning.
Before black was fashionable widows wore it to avoid scandal, and were expected to wear mourning attire for at least two and a half years after the death of their spouse.
Dresses were constructed out of stiff black silk gauze (also known then as crape) and usually adorned with a ruffle trim, accessorised with a full black veil. It was only towards the final stages of a widow’s mourning period that the addition of shades of greys, and sombre colours like mauves were introduced back into the dress, along with more detailed garments.
Black is continually used as a staple in the colour palettes of collections season after season, but no one has described the colour black better than this talented modern day designer…
“Black is” modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: I don’t bother you – don’t bother me
- Yohji Yamamoto