Day dress, ca. 1910. Black silk (cross between jersey and crepe), slightly elevated waistline. Tunic-style bodice with black embroidered net lace above bust and on lower sleeves. Wide cummerbund at waist that narrows & hooks in back. Two-layer skirt, with underlayer being Princess-cut with 2 deep flounces under it at bottom of lining. Ruby Lane Vintage
Victorian Mourning Gown Front View 1880's original mourning gown. Gown images courtesy of time-travelers antiques on ebay. "A most becoming original circa 1880 lady's black silk taffeta 2 piece bustled and trained mourning dress that is a very good example of a woman not sacrificing style at the time of mourning.
~Evening dress, American, ca. 1900 or 1908~ This is a half-mourning gown. Rules of bereavement dictated 2 stages: deep or full mourning and half-mourning. Deep mourning clothes were of dull black crepe, and a widow's social engagements were very restricted. After a year, she entered half-mourning, and after a year of this, widows could wear colors but many followed Queen Victoria's lead and wore black for the rest of their lives. Smith College Historic Clothing