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Reimagine End of Life is a week exploring big questions about life and death.
SF Bay Area October 24 – November 03, 2019

Mourning Dress: Making Grief Visible

Hosted by

Maria Mangini at the California Institute of Integral Studies

Mourning Dress: Making Grief Visible

Tuesday, October 29

2:30pm-3:30pm

1453 Mission Street
San Francsico, CA 94103
Mourning is the display of conventional, culturally recognized signs of grief. This illustrated lecture discusses visible symbols of mourning, and customs for displaying the status of the bereaved.

Grief may be a universal emotion, but its social expression in mourning is culturally specific. Individual grief experienced at the death of another human being is expressed collectively in culturally prescribed ways of mourning.

This illustrated slide lecture will explore the development of mourning dress and etiquette from the middle ages to the present. The history of sumptuary laws, elaborate rules for stages of mourning, and the special clothing to be worn by the bereaved, and especially by widows, will be discussed.

We will explore the differences and similarities in mourning practices between different social strata, and their reflection of social ambitions and aspirations. The use and prescription of particular colors, styles and textiles for mourning clothing will be considered. The importance of outward signs of bereavement and their usefulness to the grieving individual will be discussed.

Type:

Lecture/Panel/Conversation Visual Art Storytelling