in victorian times it was considered socially disastrous to wear shiny shiny metal during the year-long period of mourning. matte black metal mourning straight pins such as these were used to hold veils and other clothing accessories in place during this period.
ready for sunday tea
courtesy of ralph lauren
I approve of any ladies’ art that involves taxidermy!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This dress is believed to have been worn by one of the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, probably Maria or Anastasia.