Black in mourning

Lou Taylor

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In the twenty-first century, when family funerals are private and black is worn as a fashion color, it is rarely possible to recognize that a person is in mourning. But in the past, family bereavement involved a series of highly visible public rituals. The use of mourning ceremonial and dress was originally a privilege of the royal courts of Europe from the Middle Ages and was regulated by court protocol through sumptuary laws. Over a period of five hundred years, however, the use of mourning dress spread outward to the rest of society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBlack: masters of black in fashion and costume
EditorsK. Debo, K. Van Godtsenhoven, W. Mertens
Place of PublicationTielt, Belgium
ISBN (Print)9789020988505
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2010


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