|These are actually Regency|
|The damask was sooooo beautiful.|
|I'm glad they were restrained and tasteful|
The above were mauve, which I think was the earliest of the artificial dyes. I don't think it said if these ones were poisonous.
|Stunning. Also poisonous, dyed with copper and arsenic|
|It makes me think of Meg's party dress in Little Women|
Again with the restraint in colour. According to the exhibit, the brighter colours fell out of fashion partly because of warnings about their danger and partly because as the price dropped the lower classes began wearing them. So they became unfashionable, and the Aethestic movement was born and started shouting for indistinct and jewel tones. Which were also created with aniline dyes, some of them poisonous.
I'd forgotten that the later nineteeth century had a fascination with the previous hundred years. I mean, I know about the poetry, but I'd forgotten about the clothes. This is almost completely different from an 18th century dress aside from the back.
|1870s-1880s recreation Late Georgian. Not very convincing, but very beautiful|
|Which has a falling back|
There was also a bit about the dangers of the crinoline and corset. Corsets by and large weren't dangerous. Only a few lunatics actually practiced tight lacing, and Victorian corsets were reasonably comfortable. The wide skirts did present considerably hazard, because women cooking or near fireplaces died from their skirts catching fire. Worse with silk and cotton than wool, I'd bet, because wool is naturally fire retardent.
Anyway, that concludes my brief tour of Why You Don't Want to Live in the Victorian Era and Be Poisoned by Your Clothes.