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Green ball gowns tinted with arsenic. Top hats made of mercury. Flammable crinoline. These are just some of the lethal fashions covered in the new book Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present, which details the history of death by clothing.

Back When The Wrong Outfit Could Kill You

The History of Hazardous Clothing, in Pictures | Atlas Obscura

Dans les rues de Londres en 1880

London 1880's

Vintage Photos of People Mesmerized by Holiday Windows

Vintage Photos of People Mesmerized by Holiday Windows | Atlas Obscura

A British reverend’s daughter named Barbara Johnson (1738-1825) kept a meticulous diary of the fabrics she used and details of the garments she made with them. The original diary is now a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection. It was reproduced in the 1980s and published under the title A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson’s Album of Styles and Fabrics.

The Victorians suffered for their brilliant arsenic gowns and flammable crinolines. We’re not much better.

Modes de coiffure Victoria et Elizabeth

Mandatory Bibles, Captive Guests, Giant Turkeys: The Revealing History of Ellis Island's Christmas Parties

'What a Christmas Present! Deportation!': The Revealing History of Ellis Island's Holiday Parties | Atlas Obscura

victorian lady posing with beautiful living room and furniture in the background

young woman dressed in the height of fashion for 1861