Anyway, this is part of a costume-in-progress for a White Mischief show this Saturday, theme of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'. The basic concept is an abyssal mermaid. Another incarnation was octopus-based, but I couldn't figure out how to get the movement right without helium, so that'll have to wait.
Oh yes, and I <3 thermoplastic, that stuff is the bomb.
From the back, thermoplastic spines roughly double-sided-taped on back, and draft ear-spines. Still needs white LED lure and scaly body-paint - might try and colour the spines to match, or keep them fish-bone white.
From the front, slightly better view of the high-waisted fishtail skirt. I safeteypinned a tulle underskirt halfway down a petticoat to puff out the flare of the skirt.
The top bit could use some work: really wish I had an overbust corset without shoulders! Could also latex-body-paint octopus/squid suckers to the inside of arms, not sure yet. I think it definitely needs something glowing stuck down the sides to mimic lateral lines on an abyssal fish. Lots of silveryness, and paler on the front.
Things left to do:
- Create another ear-spine
- Make lure with LED light on
- Add glow-in-the-dark dots down the sides of the dress, if I can find something suitable
- Make jellyfish parasol when parts arrive
- Bodypaint. Lots and lots of bodypaint.