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'Death Becomes Her' The Costume Institute Exhibit

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WWD: A Look at The Met's 'Death Becomes Her' Exhibit



“Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire,” the fall Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opens to the public on Tuesday, is a powerful reminder of how, during much of the 19th century, the mourner’s wardrobe was distinctly defined, and how it evolved at various stages of grief.

The show is arranged chronologically from 1815 through 1915, with about 30 looks, two of which are men’s-specific and one is for a little girl. The theme may come off as a little morbid, but far from sad. Instead, it’s a study of a past ritual that was mainly expressed via fabrics, i.e., matte right after the death of a beloved, with a gradual introduction of color, pattern and even shine as the mourner works through the grief.


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Alice Vink by Yorick Nubé

Alice Vink by Yorick Nubé

Havvard & Rogier by Brett Lloyd for Document No.5 F.W 2014 [Editorial]

Havvard & Rogier by Brett Lloyd for Document No.5 F.W 2014

Document No.5 F.W 2014
Photographer: Brett Lloyd
Stylist: Lotta Volkova
Hair: Louis Ghewy
Make Up: Thomas De Kluyver
Model: Havvard & Rogier

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Binx Walton & Carla Ciffoni by Roe Ethridge for Document No.5 F.W 2014 [Editorial]

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Document No.5 F.W 2014
Photographer: Roe Ethridge
Stylist: Robbie Spencer
Model: Binx Walton & Carla Ciffoni

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Saskia de Brauw by Collier Schorr for Document No.5 F.W 2014 [Editorial]

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Document No.5 F.W 2014
Photographer: Collier Schorr
Stylist: James Valeri
Model: Saskia de Brauw

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Daria Werbowy by Richard Prince for Document No.5 F.W 2014 [Editorial]

Daria Werbowy by Richard Prince for Document No.5 F.W 2014

Document No.5 F.W 2014
Photographer: Richard Prince
Stylist: James Valeri
Model: Daria Werbowy

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'Arts & Crafts' Georgia Taylor by Elena Rendina for Sunday Times Style 19 October 2014 [Editorial]

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Arts & Crafts
Sunday Times Style 19 October 2014
Photographer: Elena Rendina
Stylist:
Makeup: Jenny Coombs
Model: Georgia Taylor

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Elle Netherlands November 2014 Valentine Bouquet by Wendelien Daan

- Elle Netherlands November 2014 Valentine Bouquet by Wendelien Daan (Editorial)

- Vogue Paris November 2014 Adriana Lima by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
- Man About Town F.W 2014 Michael Sharp
- Flair No.13 Anya Rubik
- Harper's Bazaar Poland November 2014 Elisa Sednaoui

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'Body Shop' by Robbie Fimmano for Interview October 2014

'Body Shop' by Robbie Fimmano for Interview October 2014

'A View From The Top' Karlie Kloss by Paola Kudacki for Lucky October 2014 [Editorial]

'A View From The Top' Karlie Kloss by Paola Kudacki for Lucky October 2014

A View From The Top
Lucky October 2014
Photographer: Paola Kudacki
Stylist: Karen Kaiser
Hair: Holli Smith
Makeup: Sil Bruinsma
Manicure: Casey Herman
Model: Karlie Kloss
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'Relaxed Elegance' Elisabeth Erm by Gregory Harris for Interview November 2014 [Editorial]

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Interview November 2014
Photographer: Gregory Harris
Stylist: Elin Svanh
Hair: Tamara McNaughton
Makeup: Marla Belt
Manicure: Kelly B.
Model: Elisabeth Erm
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Natalia Vodianova by Annie Leibovitz for US Vogue November 2014

Natalia Vodianova by Annie Leibovitz for US Vogue November 2014