Killer Fashion: Trends That Proved Fatal

Nowadays, it doesn’t take much for a new fashion trend to spread across the country. Sometimes you just need one celebrity to wear a cool new skirt to see an incredible boost in sales. But you’d never think your life might be at risk before buying something, would you?

That wasn’t always the case. Throughout history, new fashion trends emerged and were quickly adopted by everybody, but sometimes, unfortunately, with dire consequences. In the past, you could easily have died just by wearing a hoop skirt, poisonous makeup, or even a detachable collar. Read on to learn about the trends that proved fatal.

1. Paris Green Color

In the past, people could only make the color green by mixing blue and yellow. However, in 1775, Carl Scheele invented a new pigment which was later improved into Paris Green. The problem was that it was a mix of copper and arsenic, a highly poisonous compound.

During the Victorian times, the pigment was everywhere from wallpapers to lady’s dresses. The first to suffer were the factory workers with skin lesions, diarrhea, and vomiting, but it didn’t take long for others to fall victim to it. Rumor has it that Napoleon was killed by arsenic poisoning.