Halloween Inspiration: Lady in Mourning

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With All Hallows Eve quickly approaching, I thought it was the perfect time to share two of my favorite past shoots set in cemeteries.  One of many cool things about living in New Yorks’ financial district are the beautiful cemeteries.  My favorite is the Trinity Church Yard located at the top of Wall Street, directly in front of the old American Stock Exchange.  I love the juxtaposition of fashion in uncommon settings.  In today’s shoot, I combined (mostly) vintage elements to evoke the Mourning Attire worn by women in the Victorian Era.

Starting from the top, my accessories include a vintage veil draped over a tilt hat.  The ornate gold stitching of the velvet corseted belt, over-sized gold earrings, and delicately embellished satin Casedei shoes give the look tasteful glamour.  Finally, I pulled the cream and black of the corset and skirt together with a miniature snakeskin embossed vintage pocketbook and black cinching belt from Armani Exchange.

If you’re looking for something out-of-the-box to do this weekend in celebration of Halloween, I highly recommend checking out the latest exhibit at the MET called “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.”

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2014/death-becomes-her

#DeathBecomesHer 

The exhibit explores the implications death and mourning had on the sartorial selections of Victorian women.  While it was most common for women to exercise simplistic restraint while in mourning, some women of society elected to observe their loved ones passing with ostentatious ornamentation.  For the greater part of the era, women wore only black.  However, mauve and gray later became acceptable as well.

Outfit Details:

Corset: H&M, Belt: Vintage, Skirt: Vintage, Earrings: Vintage, Handbag: Vintage, Hat: Vintage, Shoe: Casedei

GingerSnaps Mourning Ensemble from Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Mourning OOTD 1

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Cemetery 3

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Credits:

Photography by Chris Bowers, www.chrisbowers.me

Styling by Ginger, www.Ginger-Snap.com

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