Covered in the naturally shed wings of the jewel beetle, this dress is surely a treasure. Featuring thousands upon thousands of tiny wings that are stitched together so finely, it took 1,300 hours just to restore, not make. Thanks to careful conservation of wings that had fallen off over the years and a successful drive for wing donations (yes, donations) the dress that once adorned one of England’s greatest actresses as she played one of Shakespeare’s craziest women will be on display at Ellen Terry’s preserved home at Smallhythe Place, Kent for years to come—a perfect stopover for the fashion lover with a side interest in entomology. Yes, there has to be a few running around in the world…

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