Most Shocking and Dangerous Fashion Trends in History
Crinoline, also called a hoop skirt was prominent in the European fashion circuit. Now obsolete, Crinolines were gigantic and extremely restrictive. They were originally made from rough fabric or horsehair, and hence frequently resulted in rashes and skin irritation.
It is a very common fashion trend worldwide. High heels were and are default accessory in the fashion arena. However, they come with a caveat. If worn for long, they generally lead to foot and ankle pain, damaged joints and even nerve damage. Recently, many celebrities have adopted flats and ditched heels.
A common practice in Vietnam and Japan, tooth lacquering involved blackening of teeth, particularly in young girls aged 8-10 years. It resulted in quite painful reactions at times and took almost a week with multiple chemical applications. Black teeth were considered beautiful and of course, the process prevented tooth decay.
Louis XIII of France popularized the idea of large powdered wigs when he started getting bald. Since, these wigs were not washed, infestations of moths, lice and even mice were common.
Lead face paint:
In the 16th century Europe, women with paler skin were considered more beautiful. To achieve the palest skin, women used makeup to whiten their skin. The makeup however had a downside. The lead content in the makeup had many side-effects, sometimes even causing death.
Accentuating the waist and making the bust and hips look voluptuous and curvy. It was achieved through corsets in the Victorian era. Extreme use of corsets not only restricted movement, they also caused constipation, indigestion, difficult breathing and internal bleeding.
In an extreme pursuit to achieve narrowest waists, Victorian women got rid of their floating ribs. The trend however, exists today with celebrities like Amanda Lepore and Cher rumoured to have undergone the procedure.
The Kayan people of Burma consider long necks as a symbol of beauty, so neck rings are quite popular. Girls start to wear the rings at tender ages of 2-5 years. The procedure is painful and completely deforms the body.
Stiff High Collars:
It was a fashion trend for men in the 19th century Europe. Strong neckline was considered sexy but it came with disadvantages. These tight collars, often called ‘father-killers, could cause asphyxiation.
Foot binding was used create a foot that was just three inches. Lotus feet or tiny feet were considered delicate and feminine. A common practice in China, during the 10th and 11th century, continued till the early 20th century. Foot binding was achieved by breaking the feet bones and restructuring them, a painful process that even caused death from infections and shock.