This is the coolest thing I’ve seen all day.
A Victorian dress made from 1,000 beetle wings that was worn by one of the most famous actresses of the era has been restored at a cost of £50,000. The emerald and sea green gown – worn by Ellen Terry when she played Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre in 1888 – will now go on display in Smallhythe Place, Kent. It is covered with the iridescent wings of the jewel beetle which the insects naturally shed as part of their life cycle.
The dress is 120 years old. In addition to being expensive, the activity of restoring it sounds like a bitch:
The one hundred or so wings that were broken were each carefully repaired by supporting them on small pieces of Japanese tissue adhered with a mixture of wheat starch paste.
I don’t have anything much to add to this except, “Whoa, cool” and an eerie moment of wondering why I like this dress made of dead bugs so much.