While this Toolgrrl Designs Blood Countess Art Dress is made of gloves--a seemingly innocuous albeit unusual material for a gown--it's the backstory behind this piece of wearable art that makes it macabre in my eyes.
According to her Etsy page, designer Rachel Wright derived her inspiration for the Blood Countess Art Dress from 'The Blood Countess,' a novel by Andre Codrescu about a 16th-century Hungarian countess who tortured and killed young women before bathing in their blood. Wright says that the gloves represent the skin of the victims murdered by that countess (Erzabet of Bathory, if you're keeping track).
Toolgrrl Designs' Blood Countess Art Dress Has a Gory History
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