20 Fashion Trends That Killed And Maimed People

Its amazing how many ideas about what makes a person beautiful have come and gone over the past hundreds of years. Nowadays we look at ombre hair, gauged earlobes, twerking or dubstep as ridiculous forms of entertainment and fashion ideals; but the sorts of things that made people look and be en vogue weren’t always so harmless. You think the sorts of things people do to look and be cool now are weird, terrible or obscene — at least things in this day and age aren’t apt to killing you. Here are a few things people once subjected themselves to in order to look their best that also was just as likely to get them in an early grave.

Celluloid Hair Combs

The turn of the 20th century was a big time for the world with all of the new technology being invented. One such technology happened to be the moving picture which gained popularity fast in the early 1900’s. It was so popular that celluloid – the material used in making film – was increasingly used in making other things too, like hair combs for women. Unfortunately the material was so combustible that it would randomly catch fire and was the cause of many tragic deaths.

High And Tight Collar

In 19th century high society, if you were a fashionable man your wore a very high, tight fitting collar that would come to be known as the “Father Killer.” The accessory was often worn so tightly that it cut off blood supply, caused brain abscesses, and led to asphyxia.

Toxic Mascara

Mascara was as an important an element of makeup in the 1930’s, as it is nowadays, but back then the ingredients were quite different. The brand Lash Lure, for instance, was made with paraphenylenediamine, a toxic dye that caused many cases of blindness and at least one reported death.

Foot Binding

For over 1,000 years in China, small feet and a delicate gait were recognized as the way a women could appear most feminine. To achieve this, women would break their foot bones and tightly bind their feet. Sadly, one out ten women would live in pain for the rest of their lives if they didn’t die of gangrene or blood disease first.