I do a lot of searching on eBay for antique garments. Mostly I see what's out there to study historical fashion design and materials. And occasionally I will bid on something.
But I've noticed lately (and I've been searching eBay for years) that most of the late Victorian bodices for auction are primarily black or dark colors. And the Edwardian items are primarily white.
Now, I'm not a textile conservator, so I'm wondering if black garments have survived because they are so prevalent in existence or if the colored dyes used back then destroyed the fabric in garments to not have them survive to reach us now.
I know color existed. Just look at all the delightful historical costume books and museum websites out there. And you *can* find the green dress or blue coat or the hot pink ball gown. However, I find it interesting that the Victorian black and Edwardian white is dominant in surviving clothing.
Does this then give us a bias thinking that many women wore black before 1900 and afterwards wore white? Does this have anything to do with Queen Victorian dying in 1901 (who wore black since 1861 when Albert died)?
How do we break out of this bias and be willing to attempt a brightly colored gown?