The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Celebrates The Opening Of ‘Death Becomes Her’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yesterday, October 21, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institue opened its newest exhibit, ‘Death Becomes Her,’ a look at mourning attire from 1815 – 1915. The 30+ looks on display highlight the grief-appropriate fashions that rose to prominence during the Victorian era. The exhibit also features accessories like parasols, hats, and Victorian mourning jewelry which often includes the hair of the deceased.

Guests at the opening reception for ‘Death Becomes Her’ included author Amy Fine Collins, fashion editor Lynn Yaeger, TV personality Kelly Choi, fashion designer Fern Mallis, jewelry designer Jennifer Creel, Curator of The Costume Institute at The Met Harold Koda, Met Curator Andrew Bolton, and photographer Bill Cunningham. 


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