The Effect of Tuberculosis on Victorian Fashion (Smithsonian)

planche_xii_corset_leoty_1867cutThe epidemic of tuberculosis in Europe and the United States throughout the mid-1800s inspired various beauty trends, since the disease was thought to emphasis traits already beautiful in women. The romanticizing of the disease led to fashion and makeup choices that highlighted its effects, including tight corsets, red lips, and pale creams. When the bacteria that caused the disease was discovered in 1882, fashion evolved again in hopes of inhibiting tuberculosis’ spread through garments. Read more about tuberculosis style. 

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