ARTICLE TANIA FAROUKI
A COSTUME INSTITUTE EXHIBIT AT THE MET IS SET TO HIGHLIGHT THE SARTORIAL DECADENCE THAT ONLY EMERGES DURING THE HARDEST OF TIMES
The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently announced their next (and rather unexpected) Costume Institute exhibition entitled "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire" set to be on display from October 21, 2014 until February 5th, 2015, and V can't wait—we've always had a thing for the dark side.
Set to succeed the currently on view "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," the exhibition will explore the fashionable facets of bereavement rituals throughout the 1815-1915 period. Many of the gowns—from the intrinsically ornamented to the deftly restrained, with colors ranging from dark ebonies to pale greys and mauves—will be displayed for the first time in any collection. This one will be for the true mourning-philes, not those undead-addict lightweights interested only in the attire of vampires and zombies. Paraphernalia, such as historic photographs and daguerrotypes, will be accompanying the gowns that once belonged to Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra.
Yohji Yamamoto once said, "black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy—but mysterious. But above all, black says this: 'I don't bother you—don't bother me.'" V Magazine agrees. In past pages, we've found the fun in such a serious statement, whether it's in a full-leather ensemble or a more demure taffeta gown. Feast your eyes on a curated compilation of raven-envy looks appropriate for a memorial—and conversely, for a night out to forget.