Yes, I know I just focused on a garment by Emile Pingat a few days ago. But when I was trolling the Met's website I found a treasure trove of work by this couturier, and I had to share this one as well. So today, I will begin with my thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of New York for this gorgeous thing. And also extend my heartfelt appreciation to their extensive conservation team, who makes sure that these fragile things stay as fine as possible, for as long as possible.
It was by no means needful that a woman enduring the long Victorian process of mourning had to eschew being fashionable or extravagant. As long as the clothing was black, and the jewelry was either black, or was memento mori work, a lady could get herself up in the height of current style without negative comment.