In Toronto, Ontario, a most interesting display is opening on June 18th. The Bata Shoe Museum "for the curious" is opening an exhibition called "Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century".
Beneath the ruffles and dainty lace of the highest fashions, lay perilous and deadly secrets. Can a top hat kill you? Can a pair of dapper boots slowly poison you to death? If you wear those billowing skirts and step too close to the fireplace will you go up like tinder?
From hair combs made of highly flammable plastic that caught entire factories on fire, to socks that were colored with highly poisonous dyes, the exhibition has it all.
The Event Announcement:
Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century
Transport yourself back to the 19th century where beautiful outfits fashioned by seamstresses and shoemakers supplied the privileged with enviable ensembles. Swathed from head to toe in expensive garments and shod in delicate footwear, fashion-forward women graced the boulevards and the ballrooms with their colorful presence. Their tailored male companions cut equally refined figures in their black coats, spotless white linens, lustrous top hats and shiny boots. Yet presenting an elegant exterior was not without its perils. The discomfort of constricting corsets and impossibly narrow footwear was matched by the dangers of wearing articles of fashion dyed with poison-laced colors and made of highly flammable materials.
From the challenges faced by those who produced fashionable dress to the risks taken by those who wore it, this exhibition provides thought provoking insights into what it means to be a fashion victim.
Oh darling, this dress is simply to die for.
All we can say is, The Punkettes may be making a trip to Toronto.
The Bata Shoe Museum Website
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