Green arsenic gown, circa 1860-1865. The Victorians wore fabrics made with arsenic-based dye knowing full well the health risks they posed.
This pair of boots is said to have belonged to the Grand Écuyer of Napoleon III in charge of the royal stables.
The dark green satin used to make these “Adelaide” boots circa 1840s Europe tested positive for arsenic-based dye.
French tartan boots circa 1855-1865. With the aide of toxic aniline dyes, Victorian entrepreneurs invented “ancient” clan tartans in brilliant hues that became the height of fashion.