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FASHION VICTIMS: THE DANGERS OF DRESS PAST AND PRESENT. Alison Matthews David. Bloomsbury Visual Arts, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015. 238 pp. with 128 ills. (103 col.). 26 x 20 cm. LC 2014-49825 ISBN 9781845204495 In English.
Publisher's description: 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 women's, men's and children's 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 Wilde's half-sisters and dancer Isadora Duncan's accidental strangulation by entangled 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.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 73,54,30
Worldwide Number: 169678
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