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From insidious murder weapons to blaze-igniting crinolines- clothing has been the cause of death- disease and madness throughout history- by accident and design. Clothing is designed to protect- shield and comfort us- yet lurking amongst seemingly innocuous garments we find hats laced with mercury- frocks laden with arsenic and literally drop-dead gorgeous gowns. Fabulously gory and gruesome- Fashion Victims takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the lethal history of womens- mens and childrens dress- in myth and reality. Drawing upon surviving fashion objects and numerous visual and textual sources- encompassing louse-ridden military uniforms- accounts of the fiery deaths of Oscar Wildes half-sisters and dancer Isadora Duncans accidental strangulation by her long- fringed scarf; the book explores how garments have tormented those who made and wore them- and harmed animals and the environment in the process. Vividly chronicling evidence from Greek mythology to the present day- Matthews David puts everyday apparel under the microscope and unpicks the dark side of fashion. Lavishly illustrated with over 100 images- Fashion Victims is a remarkable resource for everyone from scholars and students to fashion enthusiasts.... Please click here to ask a question
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