The Met Costume Institute Is Going Goth This Fall

Mourning attire.
Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dang, dudes. We were 100% sure that nothing could top last year’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” Costume Institute exhibition, but yesterday The Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed that their next fall spectacle (the first in seven years!) will be called “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.” Translation: All goth everything. Yasss.

From October 21 through February 1, the exhibition will feature around 30 “mourning ensembles” from the 19th and early 20th centuries that will “reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century,” according to The Met’s press release. Judging by the images, we’re expecting to see tons of high-fashion veils and breathtaking, sculptured, Victorian-era gowns, which were the original inspiration behind most modern goth looks today. (I mean, where do think all those corsets came from?)

More mourning attire.
Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

But according to one curator of the exhibition, the meaning behind some of these ensembles could be a bit more than meets the eye: “The veiled widow could elicit sympathy as well as predatory male advances. As a woman of sexual experience without marital constraints, she was often imagined as a potential threat to the social order.” Yowza.

Well, as self-proclaimed goth experts, we are more than thrilled to see this exhibition come to light (heh), and we can’t wait to see you there: parasol, black veil and all.

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