This isn't just a dress, it's a masterpiece woven out of the blood, sweat and tears from over 87 years. People don't understand how long it takes to get silk from their larva, how hard it is to remove their wings without damaging them.
In the pursuit of fashion, some people find their creativity in rather morbid regions. One of them resulted in the Millemort Dress. Designed by the tailor Adelie Desrosiers, this garment consists of the bodies from over hundreds of Fairies. Each one having given their life to complete it.
The Millemort Dress is a professional piece of art, tailored for nobody but her tailor itself. According to Adelie's diary, she tried to emulate the presence of a Archfae, if not surpass it.
The outfit began simple, implementing designs recorded by those that saw Fae. Over time, things got more and more elaborate. Decorative parts became functional, as translucent cloth was replaced with fairy wings. In the end, completion took almost 87 years and over six hundred wings.
The Price for Perfection
The unfortunate truth about the dress is the fact its creation is at the cost of numerous lives. Striving for perfection, Adelie sought out only the finest materials, which included using actual Fairies.
Adelie studied the insectoid Fae species for years and learned how to extract their materials. Many were taken without consent in one of many ways:
- Silk taken from Fairy larvae, often extracted over the period of days.
- Fairy wings were surgically removed, both from living subjects and dead ones.
- Fairy dust gathered from scraping fairy wings until all scales were gone.
In the end, its creation is a barbaric but incredible showcase of craftmanship, giving it the nickname "the thousand death dress". Even today it has been a case study, both for its horrific origins and its methods of creation.
Why would I use inferior materials?
One particular side-effect of the usage of so much Fairy dust is that the dress has become highly magical. According to its tailor, it is so potent it could amplify any spell to that of a well-trained spellcaster. Not that surprising, she sees it as a success for her art.
However, practical usage of it is put into question. The mere presence of it has led to hallucinations, alongside other illusionary trickery. Some might believe it is even sentient or capable of moving on its own. As such, It only gets displayed without allowing anyone to wear it at all.
The Infamy of the Millemort Dress
Do what you must. What is but another life in the pursuit of art?
Granted, such creation did not go unnoticed. Numerous Fairies across Roselia disappeared over the span of years. Many were never found but the few that showed back up either were wingless or in worst cases, dead. Numbers estimate anywhere from several hundred to thousands vanished.
Only when the dress was complete did they find out Adelle to be behind it all. With the secret revealed, the Elf was imprisoned and inevitably executed for her crimes. The dress was only discovered several years later, found in a hidden room inside her house after knocking was heard.
From there, it made its route amongst many collectors before ending up at a local museum. There it nowadays remains, kept as a reminder of Adelle's crimes.