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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...

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