All in Black - Victorian Mourning Dress

It was of course Queen Victoria herself that fuelled the complexities of morning dress as she wore black for forty years in a public show of mourning for her husband Prince Albert, who died in 1861. Many women of the age then took elements of Queen Victoria's example as they wished to emulate the Queen with a widow typically mourning for two and half years, with the initial phase of mourning (a year) requiring the woman to cover all garments in black crape dress. The show of mourning even went as far as tying black ribbons around dressing table bottles and using hankerchiefs edged in black.
Items for the look could include: a long black lace or silk dress | black veil | black gloves

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.” Image via Forbes Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.”
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Glamour & Greta Garbo – The 1920s Black & White Film Star

Inspiration can be taken from the black and white films of the 1920s with a more Halloween inspired 1920s look. The 1920s actress Greta Garbo had a wonderful combination of pale skin and dark lipstick which looked stunning on the big screen. Although speaking very little English, she managed to captivate the silent movie audience wearing striking outfits such as the full length, fur-trimmed metallic evening coat worn in The Torrent.
Items for the look could include: black 1920s style flapper dress | white face paint with dark lipstick and eye make up | black hair spray

Greta Garbo in "Torrent" By Ruth Harriet Louise,c.1925 Image via perlefotografichedautore Greta Garbo in "Torrent" By Ruth Harriet Louise,c.1925
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Bang Bang - Bonnie & Clyde

Notorious American outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde became something of a morbid fashion fascination after they were played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beaty in the 1967 film (over 30 years after the death of the pair). It is this 1960s portrayal that is most renowned costume wise and the costume designer for the film, Theadore Van Runkle was even awarded an Oscar nomination. Dunaway's portrayal of Bonnie includes A-line skirts combined with oversized tops and blouses with a signature beret and head scarf. Combined with a neck scarf, cigar and gun with of course a pin-stripe suit wearing Clyde it is an unmistakeable and iconic look.
Items for the look could include: a-line skirt | fake gun | neck scarf |fake cigar

bonnie_and_clyde_1967_5 Image via Pretty Clever Films

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