beetle wings III

snow-white-and-the-huntsman-beetle-wings-colleen-atwood-2snow-white-and-the-huntsman-beetle-wings-colleen-atwood-1lady_macbeth_dress_front_right_before-2Detail (above) of a turquoise gown (left) that Charlize Theron wears in Snow White and the Huntsman. It is trimmed with thousands of discarded jewel-beetle wings from Thailand, where the insect is a delicacy.

Colleen Atwood, the film’s costumer designer, might have been inspired by a Victorian-era gown (left) worn by Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry. Restored by the National Trust at the cost of £50,000 ($81,000), the dress features 1,000 iridescent beetle wings, 100 of which had to be painstakingly repaired using small pieces of Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste. | Source: ecouterre

See also:
Beetlewing art — an ancient craft technique
• From the archives: beetle wings and beetle wings II

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