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Alien Queen Facing Reality by phantomonex Alien Queen Facing Reality by phantomonex
This is a dress I designed and made 100%. The dress is constructed of red burnout striped velvet, orange mesh, antique milk tabs (the wooden stoppers that used to be put in glass milk bottles), orange elastic, orange braided trim, and a special type of plastic that I had to paint layer after layer on a custom made Styrofoam form. 

This was my graduation project from The Fashion Institute of Technology. It was featured in an exhibition there. 

My inspiration was 1950's retro-futuristic sci-fi. (Think pod people)

Model: Antoinette Waite 
Photographer: Sean Blair

Please don't use anywhere without my permission. Thanks. :) (Smile)
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Urankeks Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing! How is the skirt constructed? Is the white part going up the base and the red velvet draped over the hips? I'm truly stunned, I saw so many simple corsets etc. lately, it's great to see something innovative!
phantomonex Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! So it is three pieces, a dress, a head piece, and a skirt piece. The head and skirt pieces are made of a special plastic. (This dress was my final for FIT in NYC so I tried to go crazy with it) To make the plastic pieces I had styrofoam laser cut to my specifications, I then had the styrofoam cut in half so I'd be dealing with left sides and rights side. I then sealed the styrofoam so it would no longer be porous. Then I did layer after layer after layer ( about 20 layers total) of this paintable build-able plastic until I got the thickness I needed. I had to wait between layers so this whole process took about a month. Then I peeled the plastic shell off the bases and connected the left and rights back together using a hole punch and zip ties. Then I spray painted them. I also had to cut the shape a bit, to get the arm holes and the the opening in the front. So the dress is just super full and long, you can see it by it's self here:…
The plastic skirt piece laces up around the legs and to style I pulled some of the excess velvet up and over the plastic to get that spilling effect. Hope that explains things! It was a monster to work on but I still think it's one of my favorite projects. Keep sewing!
Urankeks Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Now THAT'S a hellish amount of work - i love it! Thanky ou for explaining it so detailed to me, I'm really interested in how clothing or costume is constructed, it was a pleasure to read. That dress is so beautiful in both design and execution, I'm really looking forward to seeing more of you :) Well deserved place in that exhibition!
phantomonex Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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