Before Kate Moss and Gia’s so-called Heroin Chic there was Consumptive Chic. These links are for any of you who have wondered how and when our cultural views of beauty shifted from idealizing the mother image to the waif. Yes, we can blame the Victorians for whom pale skin, slenderness and languor epitomized the artistic and sensitive modern woman.


Heroin Chic | Heroin Chic Models and Look (

(18) Heroin Chic 1997 – YouTube

(18) 1995 News Report on Super Skinny Models, Heroin Chic, Kate Moss, Jodie Kidd – YouTube

How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion

The Death of Mimi in La Boheme from The Lancet

Views of Tuberculosis and Physicians in Opera

Tuberculosis Became the Victorian Standard of Beauty (

How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Goth Fashion – InsideHook

Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease

Crimson Peak costumes and Tuberculosis Chic

History: Back when Victorian women were, literally, dying to be fashionable | Australian Doctor Group (

Flapper – Wikipedia

Competing with the Sylph: Dancers and the Pursuit of the Ideal Body Form: Lawrence M. Vincent, M. D.: 9780836224054: Books

Listening to the dancers body (