In 1888 actress Ellen Terry performed the role of Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre while wearing an awesome green gown bedecked with the 1,000 sloughed-off wings of the jewel beetle. It quickly became one of the most celebrated costumes of the Victorian era, immortalized in a portrait painted by John Singer Sargent.

126 years is a long time and over the years Dame Terry’s dress experienced all sorts of wear and tear and numerous alterations. But after 1,300 hours of painstaking work over and £50,000 ($81,000) in expenses, this magnificent costume has been restored to its original glory.

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.

Click here to read more about the restoration process.

Photos by Zenzie Tinker

[via Morbid Anatomy and Ecouterre]



i would follow you to the ends of the earth with only mild complaining 

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why was girl at school walking around with a goddamn starbucks cup wtf

and i’m not saying that bc “ughhhh stupid girls and their starbucks”

but like

there are no starbucks in this country…. the closest one is 220 miles away

so…. did she come back from the one…


Honestly the Hurdy-Gurdy is the best instrument. It doesn’t get better.

It is the best.



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if i had a dollar for every time someone spelled my name wrong, i could pay for college, semester abroad, a new car, and a mansion in cash.

X-files time. #nerdface

X-files time. #nerdface


THAT GIRL IS A PROBLEM || Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am." — Janelle Monáe

This is for the girls who are problems simply because they will not be ignored. For the headstrong ladies, the bossy and disobedient, the ‘bitches’ and ‘sluts’, the crazy and rebellious, the cunning and determined. For the women who run the world, and those just trying to survive. For the girls who live by their own rules and don’t ask for your opinion.

We’re watching X-files!

It’s the episode with Mark Sheppard in it!