November 20, 2014 9:52 AM Subscribe
The “arsenic” ball gown sits on a headless dressmaker’s form in the basement archives of Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum as senior curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, wearing cotton conservators’ gloves, expounds upon its vintage (late 1860s), its provenance (Australia), its exquisite construction—and, most relevantly, its ability to kill.
Covering everything from the beautiful arsenical green to the holocaust of the ballet girls, the poison garments were curated by Alison Matthews David and Elizabeth Semmelhack (who also studied high heels)
Stay too long in the fashion industry and you might go mad as a hatter.
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