Mon. 17 Feb: Rebecca N. Mitchell BMI Partner Talk, “Death Becomes Her: On Victorian Mourning” Birmingham & Midland Institute, 1:00-2:00pm.
For Victorian widows, mourning could be a full time job. Strict rules dictated what one could wear and where one could go in the weeks and months following a bereavement. But the Victorians also made a lively business out of mourning dress, as emporiums sprung up, offering the latest fashions and fads in appropriately sorrowful shades of black and purple. Join us for a talk that explores both sides of Victorian mourning dress: the sadness and the style.
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