'A Century of Mourning Attire' Is Coming to the Met

Are we entering Anna Wintour's goth phase?
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Are we entering Anna Wintour's goth phase?
Evening Dress, ca.1861 Black moiré silk, black jet, black lace. Lent by Roy Langford. Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis

Evening Dress, ca.1861 Black moiré silk, black jet, black lace. Lent by Roy Langford. Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis

Not to be outdone by the Museum of Modern Art's upcoming Björk exhibit, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Anna Wintour Costume Center is following up spring's "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" with something rather dramatic for fall: "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire." That's right, James' pastel pretty gowns will be be followed up with some very elegant, very Tim Burton movie-worthy funerary dresses.

This will be the first fall presentation from the Institute in seven years (its last was blog.mode: addressing fashion in 2007) and feature about 30 mourning outfits from 1815 to 1915, including some worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. The garments will be accompanied by photographs and daguerrotypes from the period of–you guessed it–bereavement ceremonies.

Don't let the theme get you down–the announcement of the exhibit just so happens to come on the same day that the Victoria and Albert Museum in London opens an exhibition of wedding dresses. Fashion: Live in it, love in it, mourn in it and, yeah, die in it too. Such is the life of a true fashion icon.

"Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire" will be on view at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art in New York from Oct. 21, 2014 to Feb. 1, 2015.