In the years following the Reign of Terror, macabre fashion like this was popular, along with wearing shirts resembling the chemises obligatory for those being sent to the guillotine and haircuts in the same manner as those given to the condemned right before they were beheaded.
The Capuchin Monastery in Palermo, Sicily houses an underground catacomb that was built when the monastery began outgrowing its cemetery in 1599. The bodies were preserved with clothing intact. Though the crypt originally only housed friars, the locals began to ask to be placed there as well after their deaths. Today, the catacombs are open to the public, and many tourists come to view the mummified history of Palermo.