What was worn in the days of the Queen?. The mourning dress of Queen Victoria became the style of the high societies in England and made its way across the Atlantic to the U.S. Maryanne’s Power Point Victorian Funeral Clothing.
Victoria and Albert's Wedding PictureQueen Victoria
Black was the traditional
color of mourning because it
symbolized night and an absence and joy of light.
Also known as half mourning, the colors permitted were gray, mauve, purple and white.
Inthis stage women were
allowed to add white to the
cuff or around the collar.
Wearing mourning dress helped to identify the mourner, showed respect for the deceased. It encouraged the sympathy of the community and matched the wearer’s mood
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