Disgusting and Creepy Victorian Fashion Trends

  • Published on Oct 17, 2018
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  • Michael Rexrode
    Michael Rexrode Day ago

    I love your English but PLEASE drop or at least dial back the up talking.

  • MissOhSchnitzel
    MissOhSchnitzel 2 days ago

    i recently found this channel and I absolutely love it now.

    Also i just want to mention that the lock of hair in jewelry is something that is still done today, or at least it's something my English grandmother does. My mum passed recently and my grandmother took a lock of her hair and placed it in a locket to give to me.

  • Zuzanna Matuszewska
    Zuzanna Matuszewska 2 days ago

    10:50 is that Mary Vetsera?

  • Lindsay H
    Lindsay H 3 days ago

    I once saw a piece of mourning jewelry in a museum where they had made like a cameo necklace using the hair. Like a tiny portrait using hair instead of painting the strokes. It was incredible.

  • Holly Flanagan
    Holly Flanagan 3 days ago


  • paramemes
    paramemes 5 days ago

    the bird hats are so powerful if someone had a bird hat id go into my fight or flight responses

  • Dani
    Dani 6 days ago

    I read up on attitudes towards animal rights for my dissertation, and it turns out that lots of late Victorian salons resulted in women's movements to prevent animal abuse, ranging from poor treatment of cart horses to these kinds of fashion trends. They're actually forebearers of the suffragettes as women moved on from these kinds of issues towards questioning their own positions in society. It's super interesting to see how fashion trends, treatment of minorities and of animals are so intrinsically linked!

  • Jessie Jameson
    Jessie Jameson 8 days ago

    When I was little, I used to make hair jewelry using lockets from the craft store and hair from my American Girl Dolls...I didn’t have many friends for some reason.

  • greenquartz
    greenquartz 8 days ago

    So the Beatles wings were like early sequins. That's cool!

  • over
    over 9 days ago

    YEET Ask A Mortician did a whole ass video on the victorian use of arsenic and boy was that interesting to watch

  • Kalynn Coy
    Kalynn Coy 11 days ago

    So I just discovered these videos and I'm completely obsessed with Karolina. I have a BS in fashion merchandising, and it's wonderful to see someone FINALLY getting fashion history right.
    However, it's a common misconception that 45 was considered an old age in the mid-victorian era. The figures we see are typically skewed, since so many children died young- if thousands of children die before their fifth birthday, it's going to heavily influence cumulative data on mortality to look younger than it really was. If you remove all of the children who died below their fifth birthday, the average lifespan from 1850-1870 was actually closer to 65. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2672390/

  • gmf nyb
    gmf nyb 13 days ago

    The Snowy Egret was nearly driven to extinction for fashion

  • gmf nyb
    gmf nyb 13 days ago

    It wasn't until the 1980s that Americans took lead out of gasoline and paints

  • Sonya Seybert
    Sonya Seybert 14 days ago

    I've seen hair crowns hung in historic houses that I've toured before and they are really intricate and beautiful (I know it sounds gross)

  • Annachiara Amaru
    Annachiara Amaru 14 days ago


  • Lashba Lettlegale
    Lashba Lettlegale 15 days ago

    I like green dresses a lottt I would’ve been so dead lmao

  • The Green Mage
    The Green Mage 15 days ago

    Myazaki would
    love this stuff, he’d put all this in Bloodborne II.

  • michael sagemaster
    michael sagemaster 16 days ago

    that shinny dress is Bugging me!!

  • Irma Feliza
    Irma Feliza 17 days ago

    Victorian fashion did not age well lol

  • Maddie
    Maddie 17 days ago +1

    Top of Mourning! 🔔

  • Melonie Jen
    Melonie Jen 17 days ago +1

    *Goes back in time*
    Sends a green dress to my arch nemesis's ancestor
    *laughs as I powder my face in toxic powder*

  • Natalie Palmer
    Natalie Palmer 17 days ago

    Actress Ellen Terry had a famous beetle back dress.

  • Francis 11
    Francis 11 17 days ago +1

    in china they use real human hair to make soy sauce

    • No No
      No No 12 days ago

      Francis 11 cool

    • Francis 11
      Francis 11 15 days ago

      I heard that the amino acids in human hair can be used to make a condiment with a flavor similar to that of the usual soy variety.

    • No No
      No No 15 days ago


  • Luna Nightfall
    Luna Nightfall 18 days ago

    I saw hair jewelry at a funeral museum I visited. It was absolutely beautiful and really well made.

  • May Qaz
    May Qaz 19 days ago

    I really like mourning jewelry made of hair! And also in Victorian Era there was a jewelry made of TEETH. It sounds weird and disgusting, but it looks nice)

  • Bekah renee
    Bekah renee 19 days ago

    Is nobody going to say someone about how she linked her nudes in the description

  • Chinchilla 0
    Chinchilla 0 19 days ago +1

    The dresses are really pretty tho.

  • Joseph Dockemeyer
    Joseph Dockemeyer 19 days ago

    They could breed those beetles in captivity, since they reproduce very quickly. Less time consuming than running around with nets...

  • Kira DA
    Kira DA 19 days ago

    Dressed to kill!..... yourself🤣🤭

  • Laura Beth
    Laura Beth 21 day ago

    I honestly want a bird hat

  • Haus of Gemini
    Haus of Gemini 21 day ago

    Meme MOOOM !

  • abigail foote
    abigail foote 22 days ago +1

    wHy WeRe YoU wAtChInG tHaT?
    DOnT TELL MOooOOoOm!!!
    WhY wErE yOu WaTcHiNg iT?!
    dONt tElL- gIMMe

  • Kira Kiona
    Kira Kiona 22 days ago

    Thank for doing me an educate historian meme mom :)

  • Cora B
    Cora B 22 days ago +2

    I don't think the hair jewelry is gross. It's really a loving way to remember your loved one. The dead birds and bug wings are gross to me. I've seen a hair wreath and it wasn't bad.

  • Maroulio
    Maroulio 23 days ago

    like your shirt

  • Julie Anne Harrison
    Julie Anne Harrison 23 days ago

    You think if I find a ton of dead beetles and use there shells on a scarf or something I could make something nice?

  • nee moon
    nee moon 24 days ago +1

    Lmao i also have jewelry with the hair of my horse-
    And i actually want to make a necklacr out of one bone of my cat

    • Maroulio
      Maroulio 23 days ago +1

      before or after the cat's demise

  • OcarinaSapph1r3 -24
    OcarinaSapph1r3 -24 25 days ago +9

    Technically, this counts as a fashion trend; Victorian-era women had their own diet pill: tapeworm eggs!

  • Michael Brent
    Michael Brent 25 days ago

    Give the Victorians a break ; if you want disgusting and creepy check out a gay pride event .

  • Ana Scarlet
    Ana Scarlet 25 days ago +3

    Those birds on the hats are creepy and gross.... Especially the faces and the fact that you can see it's a friggin bird!

  • Hapito
    Hapito 25 days ago +1

    There's also a very famous oil paint that used that same arsenic pigment that made a really beautiful shade of green which was a favorite by a lot of famous Renaissance artists. SuperRaeDizzle has a good video on old pigment oils like that if you want to learn more
    There's a

  • Rain Dancer
    Rain Dancer 25 days ago

    In the UK you can still find a lot of broaches containg hair woven or plaited into almost celtic knot patterns.
    On the dead animal note iridescent butterfly wings were often used in jewellery. Hummingbirds were popular victims of the bird world and let us not forget the tortoise, whose shell inlaid with precious metals was popular as jewellery too.
    There was a large market in jet for mourning jewellery and ornamentation as well. Plus people often carried photos of their loved ones taken post mortem.

  • Clemens Kindermann
    Clemens Kindermann 26 days ago +11

    Also men used to wear their beloveds' braided hair as watch chains.

  • Ellyn Newman
    Ellyn Newman 26 days ago +6

    "Killing animals for fashion"
    *peta has entered the chat and is branding themselves for some reason*

  • Kristi Luchi
    Kristi Luchi 27 days ago +1

    The Victorians were obsessed with death and life.

  • Just Me
    Just Me 27 days ago +8

    They also used poor children as factory workers!
    I liked how you talked about the women against wearing dead birds on their heads-less popular victorian subcultures and social/environmental movements were pretty cool. Like the victorian society for rational dress

  • Emily Specter
    Emily Specter 27 days ago +28

    After thinking about it, the beetles aren’t really any different than using feathers or leather or any other animal products on clothing.

    • karenbaily
      karenbaily 3 days ago

      Yep, how about pearls and shells...carved bone?

  • Lea Seidman
    Lea Seidman 27 days ago

    Weird Victorian fashion reminds me of the disgusting socialite nicknamed “Puss” who wore a “cat” costume to the notorious Vanderbilt costume ball. The costume was a taxidermied cat ON HER HEAD, and a dress trimmed in cat fur and cat’s tails.
    Rich people, SWEAR TA GAWD.

  • dm613
    dm613 27 days ago +6

    My bird sits on my head... that doesn't count, does it? She can fly off whenever she wants. When she molts, there are a ton of feathers! I guess the bug wings were like sequins are today.

  • GirlWithoutPearlearring InLoveWithMusic

    Uuuh, I love that beetle-dress!

  • Sara Witte
    Sara Witte 28 days ago +1

    Your videos are wonderful and most importantly educational. I'm not a fashionable person but I'm fascinated with history. Thank you for the time and effort and research you put into these.

  • Rosalie
    Rosalie 29 days ago

    "Oh, don't mind me. I'm only enjoying some tea in my arsenic green dress, embroidered with beetle shells--the colors match the bird in my hat. Oh, and have you seen my dead husband's hair bracelet? It's absolutely stunning!"

  • BioticGalaxy
    BioticGalaxy 29 days ago

    Arsenic oil paint was the other pigment that killed you

  • The.Shadow .Artist
    The.Shadow .Artist 29 days ago +1

    About the whole hair-thing: you can actually buy custom-made bracelets with your horse's hair today, so technically, it's still a trend🤣🤣 (a friend of mine actually got one of those after her horse died, so she was just following a Victorian trend)

  • MaeB_Today
    MaeB_Today 29 days ago

    "Ew, why would you put bugs on you," said the 21st century, while crushing up beetles to put in their make-up. (Google "cochineal"; it's in a lot of bright red cosmetics.)

  • LetMePukeInYourMouth

    I really like Victorian fashion, but sometimes they go a lil too far.

  • SkinCareLuver
    SkinCareLuver Month ago

    Arsenic has one of the most ugliest shade of green ever.

  • Kayleigh Osborne
    Kayleigh Osborne Month ago

    I know someone who makes hair jewelry. Her work is beautiful!

  • Mumin Mumin
    Mumin Mumin Month ago

    It is discusting to kill animals for fashion. Also for everything else!

  • slowfire2
    slowfire2 Month ago

    Since you can use animal hair for clothes, I don't find it gross to make beautiful jewelry from human hair from someone you love or loved. In Sweden we had specialist women working with human hair, making beautiful pieces that mostly was made for a sweetheart. If I remember correctly. The artisan were called "hårkulla".