Wool trimmed with mourning crape and lined with glazed cotton
Museum no. T.107:1,2-2003
Queen Victoria's prolonged mourning for her husband, Prince Albert, made the practice of wearing mourning dress a social norm. Women wore full black mourning garb for one year after losing a husband or close family member, and less strict versions for a further year. Elderly widows often stayed in mourning attire for the rest of their own lives. The practice came to an end around the time of the First World War.
The skirt seen here is A-line in shape, typical of the early 1900s. It is trimmed with chevrons of mourning crepe.