Coney Island's annual tradition of art, burlesque and freaks took place last Saturday at the Mermaid Parade. I channeled my inner "Ursula" by creating a sea queen look for the event.
I started with a mermaid crown. I used a silk-wrapped hairband, metallic pipe cleaners to make a coral fan base. The coral fan had two purposes. The first was to create a sparkly, dramatic tiara-effect that was quick to make and would also act as a frame to add the heavier seashells to. A few scallop shells and other nautilus minis were weightier than I had imagined. I used a hot glue gun for the shells and colored jewels. I also embroidered a longline bra as a top with silk petals, shells and jewels that coordinated with the crown.
My mesh embroidered topper was a vintage sample for Prada in the 1990s. My jeweled flip flops were from Machi Footwear. I had so much fun that afternoon. There were endless looks of mermaid street style that were both beautiful and creative from the ladies. The men opted for Triton looks, sea captains and pirates. My favorite was the antique deep sea diver look.