In Idomeneo there is a lengthy chorus celebrating the gods who have guided the military boys home. The gods are seen at sea, also celebrating, and what the chorus describes is generally what I chose to illustrate.
This means the goddess of the sea and wife of Neptune, a goddess named Amphitrite (Am-fit-rit-ee), is seen splashing about. I decided to costume this queen as if the Rococo met the bottom-of-the-sea!
The gold part of the gown was meant to look like a crustacean or lobster tail. The blue portion was meant to look like waves cascading down. The whole gown is made of Lamé, a metallic fabric, and seashells.
The waistline is criss-cross pintucked to add to that shell-fish aesthetic. This whole gown is up for sale on my Etsy as well!
All the shells were spray painted gold and glued to the netting. This gown is hand-wash only, and I am pleased to note that I have done so with no ill consequence.
As a bonus, I wanted to show you the matching pants for Triton, whose feet should technically be a split fish-tail, like a double mermaid, but since you don’t see his feet, this is what I made!
The sequins evoke fish scales.
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