From insidious homicide guns to blaze-igniting crinolines, Apparel has been the reason for dying, illness and insanity right through historical past, unintentionally and layout. Apparel is designed to give protection to, protect and luxury us, but lurking among apparently harmless clothes we discover hats laced with mercury, frocks encumbered with arsenic and actually ‘drop-lifeless beautiful’ robes.

Fabulously gory and ugly, Fashion Victims takes the reader on an interesting adventure during the deadly historical past of girls’s, males’s and youngsters’s get dressed, in fable and truth. Drawing upon surviving type gadgets and a lot of visible and textual assets, encompassing louse-ridden army uniforms, money owed of the fiery deaths of Oscar Wilde’s part-sisters and dancer Isadora Duncan’s unintended strangulation by way of entangled shawl; the ebook explores how clothes have tormented individuals who made and wore them, and harmed animals and the surroundings within the procedure. Vividly chronicling proof from Greek mythology to the current day, Matthews David places on a regular basis attire underneath the microscope and unpicks the darkish facet of favor.

Fashion Victims is lavishly illustrated with over 125 photographs and is a exceptional useful resource for everybody from students and scholars to type lovers.