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Women in black 21 January 2010
Woman in mourning, from BBC's Great Expectations
Our relationship with the colour of mourning

Up until the 20th century black clothes were associated with mourning. The strictest rules were for women, who often had to wear their widow’s weeds for some years after the death of their loved one. So why and when did this trend stop? And do we miss it or are we glad to have the freedom to wear what we want, when we want to? Jenni is joined by Jean Seaton, professor of media history at the University of Westminster who wished she could have worn mourning dress after the death of her husband, and to fashion writer Justine Picardie, who is glad we aren’t restricted in when we choose to wear black.

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