Renaissance Mourning costume
I am looking for information on what the colors for were for
mourning from 1480-1520, or where to find this info. Any help would
be greatly appreciated.
- --- In italianrenaissancecostuming@y..., "TABITHA RAMOS"
> HelloIt doesn't look like anyone has taken a stab at this anywhere you've
> I am looking for information on what the colors for were for
> mourning from 1480-1520, or where to find this info. Any help would
> be greatly appreciated.
posted it so I'll take a shot. "Mourning colors" as we know them
descend from the Victorians. One wore "sombre colors" such as grays,
mauves and, I believe, browm, immediantely after someone had died.
Then, by the time of the funeral, one switched to black and stayed in
black for a set time depending upon their relation to the deceased.
Then one moved out of mourning slowly, back to the grays, then mauve
(if female, of course) then merely "sombre colors" for awhile and
then finally back to their regular clothes. There were also
complicated "rules" involving jewelry and indeed even specific
jewelry to wear while in mourning. But I digress.... I do not
believe there were specific mourning colors during the renaissance.
I do believe widows often wore black for a time but the general idea
was that dress became more sombre, bright colors and excessive
jewelry were avoided. Sorry I can't be of more help but hope this
answers some of your questions.
- --- Madonna Lucia Ilaria Malatesta
"Mourning colors" as we know them descend from the
Black for mourning was known and used before the
Victorians. A 1595 manuscript of colour plates
depicting fashions shows, amongst others,
"The French Lady dressed in mourning"
All these ladies are dressed in black.
Of the other plates of non-widows, 5 are shown dressed
in black: "Lady dressed in the French style" (she
wears blue sleeves with her black dress), "A married
woman of Paris", "Venetian Lady as she appears in
public", Unmarried Venetian girl" (black dress, yellow
sleeves) "Venetian courtesan". It seems that black was
a colour of gravity or seriousness, and was worn as
mourning at least during the last years of the
Lady Bella Lucia da Verona
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