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The Arsenic Dress: How Poisonous Green Pigments Terrorized Victorian Fashion

The Arsenic Dress: How Poisonous Green Pigments Terrorized Victorian Fashion | On November 20, 1861, Matilda Scheurer, a 19-year-old artificial flower maker, died of “accidental” poisoning.

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While this is a little too extravagant for my own personal taste, the general idea, including the color combo and overall design aspect(s), are definitely something for me to keep in mind:)

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Ball gown, Worth, ca. 1900. Cream silk satin self-striped in cut velvet, embossed with large floral motifs in cream, pink, & green. Boned bodice with square neckline & pointed waist at center front, trimmed with tulle, lace, & artificial flower at left breast. Lace sleeves falling to elbow with vertical line of rhinestones down upper arm. Fastens down back in V-shape with eyelets, lacing, & metal hook and eye. Gathered skirt with flat front. Powerhouse Museum

Ball gown, Worth, ca. 1900. Cream silk satin self-striped in cut velvet, embossed with large floral motifs in cream, pink, & green. Boned bodice with square neckline & pointed waist at center front, trimmed with tulle, lace, & artificial flower at left breast. Lace sleeves falling to elbow with vertical line of rhinestones down upper arm. Fastens down back in V-shape with eyelets, lacing, & metal hook and eye. Gathered skirt with flat front. Powerhouse Museum

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Headdress | German, fourth quarter 19th century | Materials: silk, cotton, glass | Floral headdresses are traditional in many different cultures, originating in pagan rituals and continuing in Christian ceremonies | The use of richly-colored artificial flowers and sparkling beads make this a particularly striking example | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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