It was the dirge of the British Empire in America, “The World Turned Upside Down.”
The design team sent out a dirge of mostly camel-colored leggings, leather shorts, tunics, and jackets.
The 19th century, though, was a 100-year dirge from one horrid epidemic to another.
early 13c., dirige (current contracted form is from c.1400), from Latin dirige "direct!" imperative of dirigere "to direct," probably from antiphon Dirige, Domine, Deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam, "Direct, O Lord, my God, my way in thy sight," from Psalm v:9, which opened the Matins service in the Office of the Dead. Transferred sense of "any funeral song" is from c.1500.