Deadly Dressing: How Fashion was Fatal to the Victorians

Canterbury Museum Friends Talk

This talk took place on 5 November 2019.

During the nineteenth century, gentlemen sported stylish top hats made from silk or felted fur while their female counterparts promenaded in vibrant green dresses with their elaborate hairstyles fastened by decorative combs.

Arsenic Dance cartoon

Cartoon titled 'The Arsenic Waltz'. Punch, 8 February 1862, p54

Little did they know that their fashions were killing them. Deadly substances such as mercury, arsenic and cellulose were used in the production of many of the articles that Victorians wore.

It was not just the wealthy who were the victims of fashion. At an even greater risk of illness, injury and death were the workers who produced these items.

Join Dr Jill Haley, Curator Human History, for a talk exploring the poisonous practices of the Victorians and the toll it took on their health.

Places at this talk are limited so please register below if you are keen to attend.

The talk is hosted by the Friends of Canterbury Museum.

This talk took place on 5 November 2019.

5 November 2019 10.15 am – 11.00 am Register
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