If you clicked on this piece expecting to find a story on the kooky 90’s film with Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, and Goldie Hawn you won’t find it. However, you will not be disappointed.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has produced a very unique exhibit on a topic that we never like to talk about. Death. Never a fun subject but when mourning, there is an attire and over time, that attire has changed.

In an interesting manner, this Costume Institute exhibition explores the development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibit includes about thirty ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time. The exhibit will reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.

The predominantly black clothes are organized chronologically from 1815 to 1915 and include mourning gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. Pretty neat, huh?

The display is certainly not meant to get you down and depressed but rather opens our eyes and understand how the attire has changed for the event we all know and do not like to discuss. As they say, ‘people will judge you according to the way you dress’.

For the first time, we do not have to experience the pain but witness the fashion of the event we so hate to attend (and get dressed for that matter).

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