Evermore Adventure Park, immersive entertainment experiences set in an old European styled village during the Victorian Era! I had the great opportunity in creating a character for the welcoming of the park. She was featured at the Evermore Pumkin Fest as well as 2014 Comic Con!
Photo: Ryan Carter
Lady Fidelia, a Dark Blood from Evermore’s Ripper Cove! I had so much fun creating this costume! Victorian era costuming is most inspiring to me, getting to mix Victorian with my dark side was just up my ally! So fortunate for this opportunity and challenge! On top of everything she needed to be super tall so the actor could be on stilts, working with this much fabric is like handling a whole extra body!
I started off creating an initial pattern for the whole gown. Then creating a hoop skirt that could hold up the weight of the dress! I used steel boning and made a heavy duty waist belt that would secure it in place above the hips. The idea of Lady Fidelia was that she was decaying from within and the darkness was starting to take over. So I had to create this half dead half alive sort of gown. The front of the skirt was made from nylon tulle, I created the decaying side using several types of black textured fabric that I cut and patch worked together. The “pretty” side i was able to find a beautiful upholstery fabric that had a victorian feel to it!
Using different laces and accents I started to add embellishments and things to give it the feel that it was not only decaying, but had life as well! I took some roses and used blood as if they were bleeding from the center, I also hand painted some moths. I have some help from Christel and Patrick who worked for Evermore. They helped me create these super eerie faces that were almost like lost souls emerging from the darkness of the gown! Using liquid latex we were able to give them a rotting flesh look and I was able to add these into the gown, my favorite part being along the corseted bodice! It really felt as if the face was emerging!!
Continuing to add flowers, rouging and hand stitching bustle accents I also created a black net top to be worn under the corset. I hand beaded the design a well as made the hat she wears and the porcelain broken mask she uses to cover her death side of the face!
At last Lady Fidelia was complete! My amazing friend Mandi Johnson got to be the actor for this piece and wear this super heavy gown while being up on stilts! The amazing makeup was done by the ever so talented Patrick Kendall and Christel Edwards Anthony! I loved creating this gown and am so excited on how it turned out! Hope you enjoyed these images! Here is a little video of the gown as well!