Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century

Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century on Haute Macabre Victorian fashion continues to amaze with its' macabre overtones: while we're all familiar with the Mourning rituals of the era and the long term perils of tight-laced corsets,  now we can add arsenic poisoning to the list. Both the wearer and the maker of many Victorian garments were at risk: from prolonged arsenic and mercury exposure to deformation and poisoning, fashion was fraught with potentially lethal side effects. From the era's uncomfortable and restrictive shoes (a trend that has lasted to modern day), corset wear, and the first synthetic dyes, Victorians were at the mercy of their own fashionable demands. One of these included the newly introduced Emerald Green dye, a brilliant color not previously achievable synthetically. By mixing arsenic and copper, this lovely but highly toxic pigment was manufactured for use in garments, wallpaper, and paintings. Despite the risks, the dye was extremely popular, and many were exposed to its toxins. Mercury poisoning was also a common ailment, especially for those working in factories making felt. These factories used mercury in their production, and most hats of the era were made of felt. Factory workers were exposed daily to the metal, which would eventually cause mercury poisoning (Mad Hatter's syndrome) and dementia in some. The term "Mad as a Hatter" isn't just a character from Alice in Wonderland, it's a direct reference to these victims. The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto currently has a long term exhibit up of the dangers of the age, Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century, running until June of 2016. Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century on Haute Macabre Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century on Haute Macabre Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century on Haute Macabre Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century on Haute Macabre Chase and Scout IN POST

Disco Witch Vintage

Disco Witch Vintage New tonight on Disco Witch Vintage! The shop was updated a little early this week in an effort to avoid the holiday weekend post office limbo we're about to get hit with, so all of these pieces are currently live! Included in this week's update is an All Saints Rosalie dress, vintage rosary beads, a 1960s book of psychic experiences, a deck of Gypsy Witch cards, vintage dresses, and 90s style shoes. New markdowns in the Sale section this week, too! Shop Indie this holiday season! Visit the Disco Witch Vintage Shop // Instagram // Facebook and sign up for the Mailing List to receive first look at upcoming listings. Disco Witch Vintage Disco Witch Vintage Disco Witch Vintage Disco Witch Vintage Disco Witch Vintage Disco Witch Vintage Disco Witch Vintage Chase and Scout IN POST

Etsy Shop of the Week :: Kilroy’s Attic

Haute Macabre Etsy Shop of the Week : Kilroy's Attic I don't think we need to explain why Xenomorph Brass Knuckles are possibly the coolest thing ever. Find them at Kilroy's Attic. Haute Macabre Etsy Shop of the Week : Kilroy's Attic Haute Macabre Etsy Shop of the Week : Kilroy's Attic Haute Macabre Etsy Shop of the Week : Kilroy's Attic Chase and Scout IN POST

Black Friday Small Business Advertising Special

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Run a Rectangle Ad from Black Friday, November 28,  until New Year’s Eve, including a front page introduction post,  for $100.

Why? Because we’d rather see our readers shopping with you than at the mall. To get started, send an email to  samantha [at] hautemacabre [dot] com containing ::
  • Your shop name and link
  • Your PayPal address
  • A brief bio / description of your shop or service
  • Four 250 x 250 pixel product .JPG shots
  • One 160 pixel wide x 300 pixel long .JPG ad graphic

All information must be received on or before Monday, November 24 to be included.

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Five and Diamond

Five and Diamond San Francisco's Five and Diamond has relaunched their newly designed webshop, and made it even easier for us to give them all of our dollars. With new resident photographer Sequoia Emmanuelle, they've shot their latest collections against dusty colored backdrops, in a perfect contrast to their full-on no-holds-bars fashion. If you're in the Bay Area, they'll be hosting their annual Loft Sale next month, so be sure to RSVP on their Facebook page! Find Five and Diamond on Facebook // Instagram // Pinterest Five and Diamond Photographer :: Sequoia Emmanuelle Stylist :: Ricardo Felix Models :: Ashley John, Tarah Dowling, and Juan Escobar Makeup :: Julie Bee // MUSE MUA Hair :: Jaclyn Jean Clothing :: Five and Diamond Five and Diamond Five and Diamond Five and Diamond Chase and Scout IN POST

What are you doing with your long weekend?

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UK artist Jamie Avis spent four days and ten gel pens illustration this silk coat by hand. Amazing.

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The Haute List: H&M Gawth Department

IMG_0613   Last week I got these photos with a text from Sam, something along the lines of "when did H&M get a Gawth department?"  She's not kidding- they've gone all kinds of dark and spooky for the winter! Here's a few favorites.

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Cross Dress, $29.99   Fitted Coat, $49.99  ‡  Collared Dress, $24.99

Biker Leggings, $29.95  ‡  Quilted Skirt, $29.99  Long Sweatshirt Cardi, $49.95

Long Chiffon Blouse, $29.95    Long Cardigan, $49.95   Long Top, $17.95

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Calling Small Businesses :: Black Friday Ad Special!

It's that time of year again, kids. That time when you swore you were just walking down the Halloween aisle, and the next thing you know, you're surrounded by fake Christmas trees and leering plastic Santas. Black-Friday To celebrate frantically shopping for loved ones, we’re offering a special holiday advertising rate to our always awesome small business friends.

Run a Rectangle Ad from Black Friday, November 28,  until New Year’s Eve, including a front page introduction post,  for $100.

Why? Because we’d rather see our readers shopping with you than at the mall. To get started, send an email to  samantha [at] hautemacabre [dot] com containing ::
  • Your shop name and link
  • Your PayPal address
  • A brief bio / description of your shop or service
  • Four 250 x 250 pixel product .JPG shots
  • One 160 pixel wide x 300 pixel long .JPG ad graphic

All information must be received on or before Monday, November 24 to be included.

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