This year I've been asked by my school to do the costumes for our first play of the season, The Little Mermaid.
There will be no Disney's Ariel here. This story follows the original Hans Christian Andersen version, which, like many non-Disney fairy tailes is slightly darker and more mature. (Spoiler alert, the play doesn't exactly have a happy ending like the Disney version)
The main character's name is Undine instead of Ariel, though the mechanics of the story remain roughly the same. (A young girl who sees a land dweller and falls in love, goes to the sea witch to trade her tongue for legs, and transforms into a human to walk on land)
For my designs, I especially wanted to stay away from constricting pencil-skirt mermaid tails, or roller skates. My mermaids would have legs, but they would be de-emphasised with flowing sheer skirts that imply tails, but don't restrict movement. When I imagined these mermaids, My thoughts were less "traditional mermaid" which is a human top half and a fish bottom, and something more along the lines of sea monkeys or frog-creatures that have legs and fins but aren't half-fish.
Undine's colours are turquoise, brown and chartreuse with a few pink accessories which link her to her ocean family. While on land, she keeps her seafoam colours and her pink as a reminder of her family. I also chose seafoam as a colour because that is what she is said to turn into during the play. It's unknown how literal we will be with the show, but I wanted something soft and flowing and airy since she has left the sea and dwells on land now.
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