Throughout the Victorian period, mourning would take place for two and a half years! During the first year, black was the only color worn by a widow. This mourning gown in all black has the silhouette of a classic Victorian style. The dress has a fitted waist with a V-shape in front. This dress has leg-o-mutton sleeves and a full skirt. Dress has high collar and front button closure. All in black, this dress is suitable for any woman in mourning. Available in sizes XS to XXXXL. Hand wash or machine wash. Hang dry. 100% cotton.