Idomeneo – Amphitrite’s Costume

17 Nov

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!

Amphitrite

Model Emma waits around during the shooting of my Idomeneo photo.

Model Emma waits around during the shooting of my Idomeneo photo.

 

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 Amphitrite gown front and back.

The Amphitrite gown front and back.

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!

A closer look at the lobster-tail style front.

A closer look at the lobster-tail style front.

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.

Here's a detail of the netting and seashells.

Here’s a detail of the netting and seashells.

 

Triton

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.

Triton's sequins and seashell pants.

Triton’s sequins and seashell pants.

I hope you will come back next week, or subscribe to my blog to get all the costuming updates!

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