In 1888 actress Ellen Terry performed the role of Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre while wearing an awesome green gown bedecked with the 1,000 sloughed-off wings of the jewel beetle. It quickly became one of the most celebrated costumes of the Victorian era, immortalized in a portrait painted by John Singer Sargent.

126 years is a long time and over the years Dame Terry’s dress experienced all sorts of wear and tear and numerous alterations. But after 1,300 hours of painstaking work over and £50,000 ($81,000) in expenses, this magnificent costume has been restored to its original glory.

Work began on the gown two years ago after a successful fundraising campaign, but restoring the beetle wings wasn’t the most difficult task. “We had collected the beetle wings that had fallen off over the years,” says Paul Meredith, house manager at Smallhythe Place, where the dress now resides, “so that the conservator was able to reattach many of the originals, plus others that had been donated to us—1,000 in total.” The restoration team patched the 100 or so broken wings using small pieces of Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste.

Click here to read more about the restoration process.

Photos by Zenzie Tinker

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She’s eating!!! When she saw me her tail started wagging double time! I just sat here and ate lunch with her and while I was eating she decided to sit up and look around! I didn’t get a photo because I was too excited to stop praising her… And then she lost her balance and tipped over but it’s ok because she’s trying!!!

Z had a very scary day, she was attacked by a very large dog and sustained a brain injury. I managed to turn my emotions off and got her to the vet within 10 minutes of being hurts. They took amazing care of her & me.. It looked really bad for a while but she improved over the afternoon so they sent her home for night with her catheter still in, she will go back in the morning for further monitoring & medicine.

She can’t walk or sit up, her head and eyes are shaking but they say she should make a full recovery.

Now I probably will go MIA for the night as the emotions I’ve kept at bay all day are starting to overwhelm me.

Mixtaped 044 with Kini Rao - @kinirao


So, its that time of the week again & what a great time it is! Yes, its always a pleasure to have a lady in charge of our parties. And we hope to see many more talented women stepping up for this occasion in all our future editions. This time we have Bandra’s most ‘underground’ DJ/producer woman, Kini Rao, on deck duties. Trust me on this, she has been really underground for a longest time now, as I haven’t seen her for months at end. However, the word is that she has been cooking up some groundbreaking underground music album…. deep in her underground music studio :P However, for us lucky Mixtaped! punters, she is gonna break her spell of absence by turning up with a great party plan for the night. I just can’t resist pulling her leg (& she pulls mine) every time when we meet up. That has been our vibe with each other since day one. Besides the camaraderie & banter, I also do have great regard for the way how she has grown to be one of the special artists that we have in the contemporary Indian music scene. Born & brought up in Hyderabad, Zainub (Kini) Rao always loved music. After living & partying to the music she loved down south, she moved to Australia for some years to study business. Contrary to what anyone else would do after getting a business degree, Kini came back home, followed her heart & started to pursue for a career in music by DJing. I remember meeting her for the first time at one of Bhavishyavani's legendary sundowner parties at Aurus, around early 2010. She had moved into Mumbai back then to actually work as a resident DJ at Royalty (before its opening). However, Kini's destiny had overall different plans for her. She soon realized that there was much more sense (& scope) in freelancing & playing only the music that she would enjoy to play out. She started to play for various Bhavishyavani & Zenzi Mills parties, which set a good foundation & identity for her in the local scene. Bombay has been her base since then & over the years we have seen her play at quality house & techno gigs all over. Besides our city, she has played all over the country & in Europe too. Over the years she has shared the console with international & local luminaries like Dale Anderson, dOP, Anil Chawla, Dosem, Kris Correya, The Mole, Cyrus, Darren Emerson, Mmat, D'Julz & many more. And apart from gigging all over, Kini has also been frequently releasing dope tunes on labels like Bonzai, Maktub & Twisted Frequency. All in all, this girl has really stuck with her guns, through the years, without compromising on her sound. In a world where all we see is women aping each other & trying to look, dress, work, behave, talk & play (if a DJ) the same, watching Kini, her big mop of hair & genuine work is pure sight for sore eyes. FYI, the men are imitating each other too.. please stop with that people. Anyway, enough of my digressing. Here is what Kini said when I asked her our standard 5 questions….

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She looks bug eyed but that’s pretty normal…

Brain injuries suck. Her head is still tilted and she has 0 balance. She has started walking, maybe 25 steps maximum without falling over. She pawed at her favorite toy and will follow it with her head for a few minutes. She’s started to whine when she wants something - like food, to be held or put in her hammock. She climbed up to the lowest shelf on the coffee table- her ore injury favorite spot. She also started to lift her leg when she potties the way she used to.

It’s really hard to see her like this but H and I are taking rehab seriously. She swims in the hot tub with H (fully supported) and I think being able to move her back legs while nearly weightless helps. I feed her in small clumps that she has to walk to, we play with her and try to get her to interact. She’s coming back slowly but I know she’ll come back.


This is pretty much what she does… She did walk a bit more today - maybe 5 steps - and spent some pool time which she really seemed to enjoy - we made her work her legs in the water for about 5 minutes. She is moving her head to look at things now too and I found her favorite toy that sings an obnoxious song- she can’t make the thing sing yet but I squeeze it for her and her tail wags. She’s snuggling with it in the second photo :)