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.

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.

"Lola Montez, a Victorian actress and traveling beauty writer, wrote in her book The Arts of Beauty about how women in Bohemia (now a part of the Czech Republic) regularly bathed in arsenic springs, “which gave their skins a transparent whiteness.” She also warned of the price: “once they habituate themselves to the practice, they are obliged to keep it up the rest of their days, or death would speedily follow.”

The Poisonous Beauty Advice Columns of Victorian England

"Lola Montez, a Victorian actress and traveling beauty writer, wrote in her book The Arts of Beauty about how women in Bohemia (now a part of the Czech Republic) regularly bathed in arsenic springs, “which gave their skins a transparent whiteness.” She also warned of the price: “once they habituate themselves to the practice, they are obliged to keep it up the rest of their days, or death would speedily follow.”

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

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

Old advertisement for Zonite Femine Hygiene products. Remember ladies, you gotta keep it clean. Don't risk such needless tragedies as "home broken up, few social invitations, the feeling of being shunned without knowing why."

Old advertisement for Zonite Femine Hygiene products. Remember ladies, you gotta keep it clean. Don't risk such needless tragedies as "home broken up, few social invitations, the feeling of being shunned without knowing why."

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