How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tuberculosis...
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"The height of this so-called consumptive chic came in the mid-1800s, when fashionable pointed corsets showed off low, waifish waists and voluminous skirts further emphasized women’s narrow middles. Middle- and upper-class women also attempted to emulate the consumptive appearance by using makeup to lighten their skin, redden their lips and color their cheeks pink." ‎- JustDuckie