Black became fashionable when . . .
The following is an actual transcript from a gmail chat between Siouxise and her professor friend —
Professor Amelie Nocturna: Did you know that black officially became fashionable for the time during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871?
Siouxsie: No. I didn’t.
Professor Amelie Nocturna: Yes. The high number of casualties in the French army forced countless families to wear mourning clothes. In an attempt to gloss over these conspicuous black spots that marr the cityscape, the Parisian fashion world announced that black was the fashion color of the season.
Siouxsie: Hey . . . sounds like you got that from a book.
Amelie Nocturna: [Amelie Nocturna is offline.]
Here are some of Siouxsie’s favorite late-Victorian inspired items–
$220 – hawkesdesign.com
$70 – retroscopefashions.com
$65 – retroscopefashions.com
$40 – retroscopefashions.com
90 GBP – brolliesgalore.co.uk
$14 – ladiesemporium.com
$34 – shopplasticland.com
$53 – infectiousthreads.com
$18 – ladiesemporium.com