The Conservation of Lady Macbeth

"The emerald and sea green gown, covered with the iridescent wings of the jewel beetle (which they shed naturally), was worn by Ellen when she thrilled audiences with her portrayal of Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre in 1888"
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Lady Macbeth 1888

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent, Oil. It depicts actress Ellen Terry in a famous performance of William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, wearing a green dress decorated with iridescent beetle wings

Lady Macbeth 1888: Original dress before conservation

Antique Lady Macbeth costume with real beetle wings sewn on it. Worn by actress Ellen Terry in the role of Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre in the dress was one of the most celebrated costumes of the era.

Lady Macbeth 1888: After conservation and re-mounting

Ellen Terry wore this dress to play Lady Macbeth in 1888 at London's Lyceum Theater. The sparkle on the dress comes from an all-over embroidery pattern using gold thread and over 1000 jewel beetle wings.

Lady Macbeth 1888: Detail at back of hem showing new crochet infill of missing sections

Lady Macbeth Detail at back of hem showing new crochet infill of missing sections

Lady Macbeth 1888: Supported crochet skirt ready to be re-attached to bodice

how about a crocheted overskirt? Not like the one shown, but something lacy and light over a short poufy underskirt

Lady Macbeth 1888: Crochet skirt supported on net being re-attached to knitted bodice

Lady Macbeth Crochet skirt supported on net being re-attached to knitted bodice

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