5 Deadliest Fashion Trends In History

"No pain, no gain "

Radioactive Beauty


In the early 20th century it was popular for young women to have glow-in-the-dark hair, nails and skin. Yes, it already sounds unhealthy.

In order to achieve this, women and girls would brush radium in their hair, eyelashes and eyebrows as well as laying it over their skin, nails and lips at morning and at night (some of them even drank it) - after some weeks or months of regular use, the applied areas begun to shine.

Without knowing the dangers of radiation, hundreds of thousands of women died.



Victorian Era's Green Clothes


During the Victorian Era the best gift a man could give his wife was a shiny green dress. All girls and women of the time yearned for one - the problem is that, back then the pigment was made out of arsenic - and arsenic, aside of it's lovely shade of green, is also exceptionally toxic; slowly and with each wear, poisoning each and all of these women.



Lead face Powder


Today around 70% of Nigerian women bleach their skin, Asia is not left behind and even the ten-year-old me would do everything in hand to obtain a lighter complexion (some highly dangerous chlorine bleach showers as a young child left me with a terribly sensitive skin). Well there is absolutely nothing new about skin whitening; in the 16th-century Europe one of women's biggest beauty goals was a glass pale skin; being the most common method to accomplish this the use of a makeup containing lead as key ingredient. Nobody knew why so many pale people were suffering of insomnia, paralysis, brain damage and - eventually - dying.



The Crinoline


The crinoline was a metal structure designed to hold up a woman skirt, making her look as if she'd have a tremendously massive derrière. Cheerlessly, this 19th-century trend was just as deadly as it was ridiculous; it often caused women to accidentally throw down candles, setting themselves on fire.

Many also died when their crinolines got caught in carriage doors; the horses would trot as the ladies were dragged face down through the rough stone streets.



Stiff High Collar


In the Victorian Era it was common for a man to wear a stiff high collar - these items of clothing would be so rigid that they'd cut off blood circulation to the brain, suffocating several men to death.

If it wasn't this then it was gentleman falling on the floor and breaking their necks due to their collars' stiffness.

''Better to be dead than to be scruffy''

~ Mexican saying