Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A flyaway success: Victorian dress made from 1,000 beetle wings restored at a cost of £50,000
A Victorian dress made from 1,000 beetle wings that was worn by one of the most famous actresses of the era has been restored at a cost of £50,000.
The emerald and sea green gown - worn by Ellen Terry when she played Lady Macbeth at London's Lyceum Theatre in 1888 - will now go on display in Smallhythe Place, Kent.
It is covered with the iridescent wings of the jewel beetle which the insects naturally shed as part of their life cycle.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366616/Victorian-beetle-wing-dress-worn-Ellen-Terry-display-50k-repair-job.html#ixzz1Gk3q8JqM