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. Drawing upon surviving fashion objects and numerous visual and textual sources, 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, encompassing louse-ridden military uniforms, and harmed animals and the environment in the process.
Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present #ad - From insidious murder weapons to blaze-igniting crinolines, clothing has been the cause of death, disease and madness throughout history, by accident and design. Fashion victims is lavishly illustrated with over 125 images and is a remarkable resource for everyone from scholars and students to fashion enthusiasts.
The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain was Poisoned at Home, Work, and PlayOUP Oxford #ad - Arsenic is rightly infamous as the poison of choice for Victorian murderers. It was also widely present in green dyes, wallpaper, used to tint everything from candles and candies to curtains, and clothing it was arsenic in old lace that was the danger. And ultimately, as the final chapter suggests, arsenic in Victorian Britain was very much the pilot episode for a series of environmentalpoisoning dramas that grew ever more common during the twentieth century and still has no end in sight.
. Yet the great majority of fatalities from arsenic in the nineteenth century came not from intentional poisoning, but from accident. Kept in many homes for the purpose of poisoning rats, the white powder was easily mistaken for sugar or flour and often incorporated into the family dinner. Whether at home amidst arsenical curtains and wallpapers, or at play swirling about the papered, curtained ballroom inarsenical gowns and gloves, at work manufacturing these products, no one was beyond the poison's reach.
The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain was Poisoned at Home, Work, and Play #ad - Drawing on the medical, legal, the arsenic century paints a vivid picture of its wide-ranging and insidious presence in Victorian daily life, and popular literature of the time, weaving together the history of its emergence as a nearly inescapable household hazard with the sordid story of its frequent employment as a tool of murder and suicide.
Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern EraSkyhorse #ad - Have you ever wondered why we wear the type of clothes we do? Packed with outlandish outfits, this exciting history of fashion trends reveals the flamboyant fashions adopted and discarded by our ancestors. In the days before cosmetic surgery, painted their faces with poisonous concoctions, people used bum rolls and bombastic breeches to augment their figures, and doused themselves with scent to cover body odor.
Take a fresh look at history’s hidden fashion disasters and discover the stories behind historical garments: How removing a medieval woman’s headdress could reveal her as a harlot Why Tudor men traded in their oversized codpieces for corsets How crinoline caused a spate of shoplifting among Victorian ladiesKaren Bowman charts our sartorial history from the animal skins first used to cover our modesty and show off hunting skills, right up to the twentieth-century drive for practicality and comfort.
Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era #ad - Corsets and codpieces is a fascination read for history buffs and fashionistas alike. Skyhorse publishing, gladiators, as well as our arcade imprint, the old west, the american civil War, the JFK assassination, ancient Rome, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, medieval times, conspiracies, Hitler and his henchmen, Vikings, the Third Reich, the American Revolution, and much more.
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Killer Fashion: Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout HistoryAndrews McMeel Publishing #ad - Isadora duncan was redput on a scarf; popped off her headFashion is silly, thought SteinIt may tear your head from your spine A darkly comic book about some surprisingly lethal garments. Killer fashion includes over twenty of these short tales along with beautiful full-page illustrations. Featuring stories like the untimely demise of dancer Isadora Duncan caused by her signature red scarf and the bloody riot that greeted the appearance of the first top hat, among many others, these bite-size accounts will frighten and delight.
. Both morbid and humorous, this book will appeal to fans of Edward Gorey and dark historical trivia.
The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most FoulSt. Martin's Press #ad - Women wore makeup made with mercury and lead. To avoid poison, unicorn horns, they depended on tasters, and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. The most gorgeous palaces were little better than filthy latrines. For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy.
Physicians prescribed mercury enemas, and potions of human fat and skull, arsenic skin cream, drinks of lead filings, fresh from the executioner. Ironically, medications, royals terrified of poison were unknowingly poisoning themselves daily with their cosmetics, and filthy living conditions. Gazing at gorgeous portraits of centuries past, we don’t see what lies beneath the royal robes and the stench of unwashed bodies; the lice feasting on private parts; and worms nesting in the intestines.
The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul #ad - In the royal art of poison, and, eleanor herman combines her unique access to royal archives with cutting-edge forensic discoveries to tell the true story of Europe’s glittering palaces: one of medical bafflement, ever-present excrement, poisonous cosmetics, festering natural illness, sometimes, murder.
One of washington independent review of books' 50 Favorite Books of 2018 • A Buzzfeed Best Book of 2018"Morbidly witty. Marilyn stasio, the new york Times "You’ll be as appalled at times as you are entertained. Bustle, one of the 17 best nonfiction Books Coming Out In June 2018"A heady mix of erudite history and delicious gossip.
Aja raden, "what your favorite authors are reading this summer, author of StonedIn the Washington Post roundup, " A.
How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th CenturyBloomsbury Academic #ad - Equipping the reader with all the information they need to 'read' a dress, this is the ultimate guide for students, researchers, and anyone interested in historical fashion. Readers will learn how garments were constructed and where their inspiration stemmed from at key points in history – as well as how dresses have varied in type, cut, detailing and popularity according to the occasion and the class, age and social status of the wearer.
This lavishly illustrated book is the ideal tool for anyone who has ever wanted to know their cartridge pleats from their Récamier ruffles. Each entry includes annotated color images of historical garments, trimming, fabric choice, whether in shape, outlining important features and highlighting how styles have developed over time, or undergarments.
How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century #ad - With overviews of each key period and detailed illustrations for each new style, How to Read a Dress is an authoritative visual guide to women's fashion across five centuries. Fashion is ever-changing, and while some styles mark a dramatic departure from the past, many exhibit subtle differences from year to year that are not always easily identifiable.
Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion, and DiseaseBloomsbury Academic #ad - Day investigates the deliberate and widespread flouting of admonitions against these fashion practices in the pursuit of beauty. While medical writers believed that the fashionable way of life of many women actually rendered them susceptible to the disease, Carolyn A. As the disease spread throughout europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it became commonplace to regard tuberculosis as a positive affliction, one to be emulated in beauty practices and dress.
Long before "heroin chic" made headlines, the emaciated figure and feverish flush associated with tuberculosis victims were admired as beautiful.
The History of Underclothes Dover Fashion and CostumesDover Publications #ad - Beginning with the middle ages, including the tudor period, the Victorian and Edwardian eras, the Restoration, the authors cover centuries of clothing history, and the twentieth century up to the eve of World War II. Thoroughness and most impressive scholarship. ". Drawing on extensive, symbolized class distinctions, research, served as an erotic stimulus, supported costume shapes, and fulfilled other social, the Cunningtons illuminate the role and function of underwear: it protected the wearer against the elements, sanitary, and economic functions.
Much entertaining detail and. A bibliography, sociologists, appendix, and index complete a valuable reference work that will appeal to costume historians, and other readers. Pleasant humour. The times literary supplement londonunderwear — practical garments with a utilitarian function or body coverings that serve an erotic purpose? As this fascinating and intelligently written study shows, the role played by underclothing over the last several centuries has been a varied one.
The History of Underclothes Dover Fashion and Costumes #ad - In a well-documented, often humorous style, profusely illustrated volume combining impressive scholarship with an entertaining, two distinguished clothing historians consider undergarments worn by the English over the past 600 years. 1750, "frillies for the tiny lady" 1939, nineteenth-century bustles, early nineteenth-century corsets for men, footed long drawers 1795, and much more.
A Victorian Lady's Guide to Fashion and BeautyPen & Sword History #ad - An era which began by prizing natural, barefaced beauty ended with women purchasing lip and cheek rouge, false hairpieces and pomades, and fashionable perfumes made with expensive spice oils and animal essences. Using research from nineteenth century beauty books, and lady's journals, fashion magazines, Mimi Matthews brings the intricacies of a Victorian lady's toilette into modern day focus.
In the process, she gives readers a glimpse of the social issues that influenced women's clothing and the societal outrage that was an all too frequent response to those bold females who used fashion and beauty as a means of asserting their individuality and independence. An elegant resource that I will be reaching for again and again.
A Victorian Lady's Guide to Fashion and Beauty #ad - Deanna raybourn, new york times bestselling author what did a victorian lady wear for a walk in the park? How did she style her hair for an evening at the theatre? And what products might she have used to soothe a sunburn or treat an unsightly blemish? Mimi Matthews answers these questions and more as she takes readers on a decade-by-decade journey through Victorian fashion and beauty history.
Women's clothing changed dramatically during the course of the Victorian era. The crinoline morphed into the bustle and steam-moulded corsets cinched women's waists ever tighter. As fashion was evolving, so too were trends in ladies' hair care and cosmetics. Sleeves ballooned up and skirts billowed out. Necklines rose, and gothic severity gave way to flounces, frills, waistlines dropped, and an abundance of trimmings.
Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless ChildrenLittle, Brown and Company #ad - A victorian baby! in ungovernable, wine, downright bizarre parenting fashions of the victorians, or stupid to breed What positions and room decor will help you conceive a son How much beer, Oneill conducts an unforgettable tour through the backwards, advising us on: How to be sure you're not too ugly, pseudoscientific, sickly, cyanide and heroin to consume while pregnant How to select the best peasant teat for your child Which foods won't turn your children into sexual deviants And so much more.
. From the author of the "hysterically funny and unsettlingly fascinating" New York Times bestseller Unmentionable, a hilarious illustrated guide to the secrets of Victorian child-rearing Jenny Lawson. Feminist historian therese Oneill is back, to educate you on what to expect when you're expecting. Endlessly surprising, wickedly funny, and filled with juicy historical tidbits and images, Ungovernable provides much-needed perspective on -- and comic relief from -- the age-old struggle to bring up baby.
Cat's Paws and Curses: A paranormal cozy mystery holiday whodunnit Vampire Knitting Club Book 10Ambleside Publishing #ad - It's full of good clean fun, mysterious goings-on and holiday cheer. This is a fun take on a classic closed room mystery. It’s soon clear to amateur sleuth Lucy that murder's in the air and the culprit is one of the knitters. It was previously published in the collection: Six Merry Little Murders. More fun than an ugly christmas jumper, this story is part of the Vampire Knitting Club series, though it can be read on its own.
When lucy organizes a holiday knitting circle, it's good fun, Until someone's murdered. And the culprit must be one of the knitters. Knitting an ugly christmas jumper at Cardinal Woolsey’s knitting shop in Oxford, is supposed to be relaxing. Of course, no room is every closed when vampires live downstairs.
Cat's Paws and Curses: A paranormal cozy mystery holiday whodunnit Vampire Knitting Club Book 10 #ad - Until a knitter keels over. But are the undead knitters to blame? Or is there more to this Oxford knitting circle than lumpy Santas and light-up reindeer?This is a shorter holiday whodunnit.