“Darkly Adorned: Mourning and the Civil War” examines mourning dress and customs in the Civil War era in a presentation by Kevin L. Jones, offered in conjunction with Pasadena Museum of History’s Civil War-themed exhibitions, “When Johnny Came Marching West: How the Civil War Shaped Pasadena” and “Thaddeus Lowe: Chief Aeronaut of the Union Army.” Jones, the curator of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum, discusses fashion in a nation that was counting the cost of the deadliest war in United States history.
Striving to maintain social propriety amid postwar chaos and destruction, personal appearance remained a focus for those who could afford mourning garments and accessories. The deaths of President Lincoln and Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, added to the grief on both sides of the Atlantic. “With so large a section of the Western world in mourning, industrial technology was vital to both rejuvenate the US economy and also to provide the goods needed to satisfy the public’s demand for ‘apparel and apparatus of grief’ on both sides of the Atlantic,” PMH states.
The presentation is on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. It was rescheduled from an earlier date due to an event at the nearby Rose Bowl Stadium. Tickets are $20 the general public, $10 for Textile Arts Council members and $15 for PMH members. Advance reservations are required; tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (626)577-1660 ext. 10. Doors open at 6 p.m. for exhibition viewing and a complimentary wine and cheese reception.
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