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Ellen Terry's beetle wing dress, worn for her role as Lady Macbeth

The Archaeology of a Dress. A dress decorated with 1,000 real beetle wings is set to go back on display following 1,300 hours of conservation work. A stage costume worn by Ellen Terry, one of the most celebrated and glamorous actresses of the Victorian age. The emerald and sea green gown, covered with the iridescent wings of the jewel beetle (which they shed naturally), was worn by Ellen when she thrilled audiences with her portrayal of Lady Macbeth at London's Lyceum Theater in 1888.

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth in 1888

Ellen Terry's Beetle Wing Dress, for her role as Lady Macbeth, 1888

emerald and sea green gown - worn by Ellen Terry when she played Lady Macbeth at London's Lyceum Theatre in 1888

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth wearing the dress in 1888

rear view of costume worn in 'The Portrait of a Lady'

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth in 1889 (by John Singer Sargent) The amazing dress was created from thousands of iridescent beetle wings (shed not pulled) and was worn by the celebrated English Shakespearean actress, Ellen Terry.

Link is broken, I'll look up the citation when there is time. If anyone does it before I change this please drop me a note in the comments. Thanks! A stage costume #gown worn by Ellen Terry. It was made of fine crochet, and was decorated with the iridescent wings of the Jewel Beetle.

Costume from the film " Ever After". This was worn by Cinderella's step mother.

Pattern for costume