I have always loved jellyfish - they're so cool and creepy and magical. I also loved the Princess Jellyfish series, but was disappointed by the dress at the end. So I decided to design my own.
I chose a Purple-striped Jelly (chrysaora colorata) as inspiration. The dress is a layer of thin silk pongee over iridescent organza, sewn in 12 panels and then painted. I then hand-pleated the 2 layers onto a base bodice with crystals and pearls to give a watery effect.
The tutu and bodice ruffle are made from many layers of ruffled tulle. The tights and ruffle have hot-fix rhinestones and pearls to imitate bubbles in dark water. The tentacles are silk flounces (cut in a spiral) and hand-hemmed to get the maximum floaty effect, then hand-painted like the dress.
I gradient dyed and styled the wig in a half-updo.