Glamour and grieving: How the Victorians dressed for death

October 21, 2014 12:19 PM

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Glamour and grieving: How the Victorians dressed for death

(CNN) -- Today, mourning a death in the family often means donning the most formal black outfit in one's closet for one solemn afternoon. But 150 years ago, it was a reason to stash away one's current best and purchase a whole new grief-appropriate wardrobe.

During the Victoria era, mourning rivaled weddings in terms of pomp, etiquette and fashion -- a theme explored at the latest exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

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