The exhibit explores the fascinating layers of meaning associated with these colors and their connection to many of the most significant moments in life: religious events such as christenings, first communions and weddings feature white garments. Yet at the same time, white is considered both cool and practical for summer wear and the ultimate statement in femininity through the lavish use of lace and embroidery. In contrast, black clothing represents both the highest chic for evening wear and sexy attire as well as the ultimate safe and conservative choice for daytime wear. It is also the profound indicator of grief and mourning. Gray, both literally and figuratively, occupies an interesting position relative to black and white. It, too, represents a safe and conservative color choice for social situations, and can also be a symbol of mourning.
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