23 Jul '11, 6pm

Would you wear a dress made with 1,000 bug wings?

Would you wear a dress made with 1,000 bug wings?

Work began on the gown two years ago after a successful fundraising campaign, but restoring the beetle wings wasn’t the most difficult task. “We had collected the beetle wings that had fallen off over the years,” says Paul Meredith, house manager at Smallhythe Place , where the dress now resides, “so that the conservator was able to reattach many of the originals, plus others that had been donated to us—1,000 in total.” The restoration team patched the 100 or so broken wings using small pieces of Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/victorian-era-dress-made-from-10...

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