Chic Mourning Attire, The Original LBD

A new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute examines the fashion etiquette of Victorian- and Edwardian-era grief.

After Oscar de la Renta’s death last week, his legion fans among New York society paid tribute to the designer by donning his brightly hued gowns for parties and charity galas. It was a freeform response that felt both spontaneous and appropriate.

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