Death Becomes Her: Mourning Dress in Renaissance and Modern Europe | Newberry

Death Becomes Her: Mourning Dress in Renaissance and Modern Europe

Led by Emilie M. Brinkman
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Three sessions. Saturdays, March 19-April 2



Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to Registration opens Wednesday, January 19th at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

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Seminar Description

Rituals of mourning have been deeply ingrained within Western society and culture since antiquity, especially mourning dress which has remained one of the most powerful sartorial symbols well into the modern era. This multi-session seminar examines the complex customs, guidelines, and trends associated with mourning attire in early modern and modern Europe, revealing how particular garments and traditions have continued to inform bereavement rites today.

Three sessions. Registration – $170/$153

A cultural historian and lecturer, Emilie M. Brinkman holds a Ph.D. in European history from Purdue University. She specializes in the history of British politics, queenship and fashion.

Materials List


  • No Required Materials

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 19th . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry uses Learning Stream for all Adult Education Seminar registrations. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.