Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century – An Exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto,

V0042226 Two skeletons dressed as lady and gentleman. Etching, 1862.

In this article, Allison Meier makes that point that staying stylish in the Victorian period could be a dance of death.   Perhaps too obvious to state, women were the predominant fashion victims, both as the manufacturers and wearers.

The longterm exhibition of Fashion Victims continues at the Bata Shoe Museum through June of 2016. Matthews David alerts us that  we’ve hardly left death behind in style. “You always see the past through the filter of today, and it’s still ongoing.” With horrific incidents like the 2013 garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, we may have just moved the mortality behind trends further away.


L0075299 Accidents caused by the use of green arse

Hands damaged by arsenic dyes, lithography from an 1859 medical journal (courtesy Wellcome Library)

~ by artpoped on November 20, 2014.

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