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Dressed to Kill, Part III: Conclusions

You can find parts one and two in the series here. While my search into the history of arsenic dyes did not dredge up any stories of mysterious Medici deaths-by-ball-gown, I did pull up a few interesting tidbits on historical and mythological poisoned garments. Perhaps the earliest cases come from the Greeks, and the story… Continue reading Dressed to Kill, Part III: Conclusions

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Dressed to Kill, Part II: Drop Dead Gorgeous

Read the first part of this series here. Between 1837 and 1839, more than 500 people died of accidental arsenic poisoning in England, and a look at a Victorian household is enough to make one wonder why that number wasn't significantly higher, with household manuals of the time recommending various combinations of flour, oatmeal, or… Continue reading Dressed to Kill, Part II: Drop Dead Gorgeous

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Dressed to Kill, Part I: Introduction

Earlier this summer I was fascinated to see that a Toronto Museum (The Bata Shoe Museum, to be specific. I can’t even imagine an entire museum dedicated to shoes. My head might explode) is doing an exhibition about poisoned garments. It reminded me of a story that I heard while living in Florence, about a… Continue reading Dressed to Kill, Part I: Introduction