A restored Victorian stage costume made from 1,000 shiny jewel beetle wings.
The dress was worn by the famous Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry during her portrayal of Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre in 1888. The jewel beetle sheds its wings naturally and the dress is beautiful shades of dark iridescent green.
American painter John Singer Sargent famously painted Terry wearing the dress in a haunting portrait in 1889. The portrait hangs in London’s Tate Gallery. It took 1,3000 hours to restore the dress to its original condition. Read more details about the dress’s history and restoration on The History Blog (text: suman; photo: luxfashionstyle.com)