In the opera Idomeneo, a captive Princess falls in love with the enemy Prince. It’s all very romantic. She is very calm, and loving, and full of tranquil beautiful music. Her name is Ilia.
When designing her gown, I wanted it to reflect the concept of tranquil waters. It is made from shot silk which is silk with a different colored warp and weft. The silk is also transparent, and underneath I put a layer of gold netting. In real life, when the gown moves, it looks like you are looking into tranquil waters.
The straps are made of crystal beads, and the high set waist is lined with real pearls.
The dress buttons up the sides, and each button has a blue gem in the center.
The bottoms of the skirts are beaded and trimmed. I feel this evokes sea-foam and detritus that washes up on shore.
If you’d like to read about the model who wore this costume, Chantell, and her lover for sharp objects, read this post!
In the photo below, you can see the button-up side detail.
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