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Idomeneo – Ilia’s Gown

24 Nov

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.

 

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.

Ila's sea inspired gown for my Idomeneo Photos.

Ila’s sea inspired gown for my Idomeneo Photos.

The straps are made of crystal beads, and the high set waist is lined with real pearls.

Bodice detail.

Bodice detail.

The dress buttons up the sides, and each button has a blue gem in the center.

The dress buttons up the side.

The dress buttons up the side.

The bottoms of the skirts are beaded and trimmed. I feel this evokes sea-foam and detritus that washes up on shore.

The layers of netting and silk create a shimmer effect like looking at still waters.

The layers of netting and silk create a shimmer effect like looking at still waters.

If you’d like to read about the model who wore this costume, Chantell, and her lover for sharp objects, read this post!

Chantell gets all stabby, while Bowen observes the Lake in the traditional Lewis & Clark manner.

Chantell gets all stabby, while Bowen observes the Lake in the traditional Lewis & Clark manner.

In the photo below, you can see the button-up side detail.

Chantell with the little girl (Just over the camera) who thought Chantell was a real Princess. Bowen and I.

Chantell as Ilia, holding my camera. On the right I stand with the male model, Bowen.

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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.

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